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November 4 - 5

The Strange, Sublime Art of Carlos Reygadas

With only three feature films to his name, Carlos Reygadas (1971-) has distinguished himself as one of the most authentic, audacious and uncompromising talents in Mexican cinema today. Beginning with his extraordinary debut film, Japón, Reygadas has attempted nothing less than the reinvention of the art film, rejecting the formula driven conventions of contemporary “independent” filmmaking to create a body of work that fully unleashes the subversive power of the cinema. Fiercely unpredictable, Reygadas’ films contain some of the most shocking, fascinating and deliriously beautiful imagery seen on screen since the time of Jodorowsky, Makavejev and Fernando Arrabal. And, like these masters of counter-cinema, Reygadas ensures that his boldest gambits are intellectual as well as visual. From Japón to the controversial Battle in Heaven and the magical Silent Light, Reygadas creates muted, mysterious allegories that grapple with ideas of alienation, spirituality and sexuality that are central to our times. The HFA is pleased to welcome Carlos Reygadas to present his feature films and a selection of his rarely seen Super 8 films.


Sunday November 4 at 3 pm

Japon

Directed by Carlos Reygadas.
With Alejandro Ferretis, Magdalena Flores
Mexico/Spain 2002, 35mm, color, 128 min.
Spanish with English subtitles

Reygadas’ haunting debut follows a disenchanted intellectual’s search for enlightenment and, perhaps, death in the mysterious canyon terrain of Northern Mexico. Shot on beautifully textured 16mm Cinemascope, Japón reveals Reygadas’ incredible eye as well as his remarkable talent with his cast of non-actors. The uncanny presence of animals and preternatural landscapes recalls Tarkovsky – the filmmaker who, in fact, inspired Reygadas to abandon a career as a lawyer and diplomat. Winner of the Jury Prize at Cannes, Japón is an indelible masterpiece. Print courtesy of Tartan Films.

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Special Event Tickets $10
Sunday November 4 at 7:30 pm

Battle in Heaven

Directed by Carlos Reygadas, Appearing in Person
With Marcos Hernández, Anapola Mushkadiz, Berta Ruiz
Mexico/Belgium/France 2005, 35mm, color, 88 min.
Spanish with English subtitles

Reygadas’ most ambitious film created a storm of controversy for its
now notorious opening scene and its unusual critique of religion, patriarchal culture and deep seated sexual taboos. Working without a screenplay and with a cast of non-actors, Reygadas cast his father’s ex-chauffeur in the lead role as a man overwhelmed by dark secrets and his attraction to his boss’ rebellious daughter. A powerful and urgent film, Battle in Heaven balances itsterrifying vision of Mexico City as a global metropolis on the verge of physical and spiritual collapse with moments of rare and even sublime beauty. Print courtesy of Tartan Films.

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Monday November 5 at 7:30 pm

Silent Light

Directed by Carlos Reygadas, Appearing in Person
With Cornelio Wall Fehr, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz
Mexico/France/Netherlands/Germany 2007, 35mm, color, 142 min.
Spanish with English subtitles

Silent Light offers a hypnotic and remarkably tender story of a man gripped by his love for two women. Set within a modern day Mennonite community in rural Chihuahua and cast almost entirely by non-actors speaking Plautdietsch, a German-derived dialect, Silent Light is both a poetic documentary of a community deeply rooted in tradition and a moving narrative of spiritual crisis and redemption. A work of unusual maturity and power that has been repeatedly compared to Dreyer, Silent Light is Mexico’s official entry for the 2008 foreign-language Academy Award. Print courtesy of Bac Films International.

Silent Light has restored my love of neo-realism. A great film.” – Peter Hutton 

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