Carlos Reygadas | 2012 | 120 Min
POST TENEBRAS LUX ("light after darkness") is the Cannes Film Festival prize winner that follows an upscale Mexican family whose move to the countryside in search of an ideal life results in domestic crisis and class friction. Stunningly photographed, the film is an enthralling and enigmatic exploration of the primal conflicts of the human condition.
Bio - Carlos Reygadas
Born in Mexico City in 1971, Carlos Reygadas was a lawyer in Mexico, specializing in armed conflict issues in London. He worked for the United Nations before starting his film career. He returned to Mexico in 2000 to shoot his first feature film, Japón (Japan), which garnered international attention for its startling content and magnificent aesthetics. Japón’s raw depiction of sex and human frailty within a uniquely Mexican context grew into Reygadas’s fully fledged style with his second feature film, Batalla en el cielo (Battle in Heaven, 2005), which competed for the Palm d’Or and won several other international prizes. His third film Stellet Licht (Silent Light, 2007) pushed the familiar themes and aesthetics of his previous work onto new, breathtaking ground and won prestigious prizes across the globe, cementing Reygadas’s reputation as both a leader of contemporary Mexican cinema and a central auteur on the global art cinema stage.
Reygadas has further cultivated the current renaissance of Mexican cinema by producing a number of notable films by other burgeoning Mexican directors, contributing a short film to the 2010 compilation Revolución and completing — 2012’s Post Tenebras Lux, which earned him the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Text from High Museum of Art Atlanta