Previously at the ICA - Films
22 Mar 2013 – 30 Apr 2013
★★★★★ "Epic, whole and truly memorable" The Sunday Times
★★★★ The Independent on Sunday
"A poetic, psychedelic rhapsody" Sight and Sound - Film of the Week
In his first full-length film since 2007’s award-laden and hypnotic Silent Light, maverick writer-director Reygadas returns to the theme of complex family conflict. In Post Tenebras Lux (in Latin, ‘After the Darkness, the Light’) a wealthy Mexican couple (Castro and Acevedo) and their two children live in an opulent mountain retreat, occasionally venturing out to indulge themselves in, say, an upmarket sex holiday. The contrast between the family and the dirt-poor workers who service them provides the film’s quasi-moral spine, and the movie is awash with allegory. Reygadas also challenges his audience with visual and literary allusions to directors as diverse as Blake Edwards (The Pink Panther) and Aleksandr Sokurov (Russian Ark, Alexandra).
Both fascinating and unpredictable, Post Tenebras Lux scales the peaks of cutting-edge Latin American cinema.
To complement the UK release of Post Tenebras Lux, an online project entitled After Cinema Words has been created, with contributions from people across the film industry as well as interviews and other footage.
Dir. Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany 2012, 120 mins, cert. 18