In the tradition of cinematic philosophers like Carl Theodor Dreyer and Andrei Tarkovsky, Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas makes films that reach for the sublime in their poetic exploration of profound metaphysical themes. With his revelatory feature debut JAPÓN, Reygadas established the hallmarks of his uncompromising style: mesmerizing long takes, a Bressonian use of nonprofessional actors, and an eye for images of startling, often unexpected beauty. He would go on to attract international controversy with the provocative BATTLE IN HEAVEN before achieving universal acclaim with SILENT LIGHT, a luminous meditation on faith and forgiveness set among Mexico’s Mennonite community. Dealing with cosmic questions of sex, suffering, death, and transcendence, these at once spiritual and sensuous works are among the boldest and most mysteriously awe-inspiring films of the twenty-first century.
Directed by Carlos Reygadas • 2002 • Mexico
Starring Alejandro Ferretis, Magdalena Flores
In this preternaturally assured feature debut by Carlos Reygadas, a man (Alejandro Ferretis) travels from Mexico City to an isolated village to commit suicide; once there, however, he meets a pious elderly ...
Directed by Carlos Reygadas • 2005 • Mexico
Starring Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz
Cast entirely with nonprofessionals, BATTLE IN HEAVEN tells the story of Marcos, the middle-aged chauffeur of Ana, daughter of a Mexican general. Marcos is the only member of Ana’s household who knows she le...
Directed by Carlos Reygadas • 2007 • Mexico
Starring Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz
Opening with a magisterial heaven-meets-earth time-lapse and climaxing with one of the most stunning endings in recent memory, Carlos Reygadas’s sublime spiritual odyssey is as close to the transcend...