Post Tenebras Lux
A beautiful and challenging new film from Carlos Reygadas, winner of Best Director at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Even if a screening is sold out, tickets are often available 30 minutes before the start of the film at the box office at each venue.
- Director-Screenwriter Carlos Reygadas
- Producer Jaime Romandía, Carlos Reygadas
- With Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres
- Mexico-France-Germany-Netherlands 2012
- 120 mins
- UK distribution Independent Cinema Office
From its extraordinary opening scenes in the dusky Mexican countryside, Carlos Reygadas’ divisive new film is a work of bracing originality, delighting as many viewers with its painterly beauty as it perplexes with its defiant experimentation. At the centre of its non-linear plot are Juan and Natalia, a married couple with two delightful children. Punctuated with a series of disparate, occasionally fantastical sub-plots, Post Tenebras Lux follows the family at seemingly random junctures in their lives, charting their emotional highs and lows. Matching his abstract narrative approach with an impressionistic visual style, Reygadas shoots through a wide-angle lens that blurs the edges of the screen, just one in a series of bold artistic choices that led to his Best Director win at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Although the esoteric approach to film form can be bewildering, Reygadas navigates the tonal shifts with effortless grace, and ultimately leaves the audience paramount in creating meaning.
The film may seem mysterious at first sight. But I really hope that by not giving you any simple answers, you eventually feel how much I respect you as a viewer, how I respect the movie in terms of art, and how much I respect myself as a director. The film is what it is. Talking about it afterward makes me feel dishonest. I demand a lot from the audience and I don’t have any limits, that's true. However, I am a free man, and I may do what I really want. I am giving you the best of myself, and I strongly believe that all around me there are lots of people more sensitive and intelligent than I am. Every single person is different, is focused on other things, feels different emotions, and tries to find their own way through the movie, and is able to find their very own and unique interpretation of the story. One viewer could love the film; the other one, as sensible as anyone else, may hate it for a very good reason. Moreover, I am a viewer as well. I watch lots of movies, and I truly appreciate the directors that don’t try to lead me by the hand through their stories. I want to be considered one of them.
Born in Mexico City in 1971, he studied law, specialising in issues of armed conflict, then worked for the European Commission and the Mexican Foreign Service, while also representing his home nation at rugby. Self-taught as a filmmaker after being rejected by a film school in Belgium, he made a major splash with his first feature Japan via screenings in Rotterdam and Cannes. The latter festival also broke his next two features, with Silent Light taking the Jury Prize there before its LFF presentation. He produced Pedro Aguilera’s 2007 feature La influencia, worked on the 2009 gallery installation Serenghetti, and was a contributor to the portmanteau feature Revolución.
1998 Adult [s]
1999 Prisonniers (Prisoners) [s]; Oiseaux (Birds) [s]; Maxhumain (Super Human) [s]
2001 Japón (Japan)
2005 Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven)
2007 Stellet Licht (Silent Light)
2010 Revolución [ep This Is My Kingdom only]
2012 Post Tenebras Lux