Post Tenebras Lux | Post Tenebras Lux – dir. Carlos Reygadas, 2012

date: 02/08/2012 time: 16:45 place: PGE Cinema film program: world under canvas film program: the audience poll artistic program: films

MX, FR, NL, DE | 2012 | 120 min
reż|dir Carlos Reygadas prod|pro Jaime Romandia scen|wr Carlos Reygadas zdj|ph Alexis Zabe mon|ed Natalia López ob|cast Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo, Willebaldo Torres dys|dis Stowarzyszenie Nowe Horyzonty


Juan and his family move from the city to Mexican countryside in the middle of a dark forest. Nobody knows whether the two worlds may exist in harmony or whether they have to eliminate one another. The nature welcomes new inhabitants with hostile silence and  menacing swaying. The family is drowned in anxiety caused either by the mysterious place itself or by an incandescent faun who visits the household with a toolbox. The people gradually lose control over their behaviour while their instincts, desires and fears become visible. The reality loses grounds and the family, instead of support, perceives everything as a threat. Similarly to previous films of the director, “Post tenebras lux” (in Latin: “Light after darkness”) has but residual plotline and develops through scarce means of expression.

Carlos Reygadas (1971)
A Mexican director. He decided to become a director having discovered the works of Tarkowski. He attended St. Mary’s College. Afterwards he studied law in Mexico and worked for the UN. In 1997 his first short film “Maxhumain” entered a competition in Belgium. He made his feature debut with “Japan” in 2001 and the film was awarded at Cannes Festival. In 2007 he received Jury Award at Cannes for “Silent Light” and has, since then, been generally acknowledged as one of the most significant contemporary filmmakers.