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WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY CARLOS REYGADAS

POST TENEBRAS LUX (“light after darkness”) is a new autobiographical feature from acclaimed director Carlos Reygadas (SILENT LIGHT), winner of the Best Director prize at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. Ostensibly the story of an upscale, urban family whose move to the Mexican countryside results in domestic crises and class friction, it’s a stunningly photographed, impressionistic psychological portrait of a family and their place within the sublime, unforgiving natural world. Reygadas conjures a host of unforgettable, ominous images: a haunting sequence at dusk as Reygadas’s real-life daughter wanders a muddy field as farm animals loudly circle and thunder and lightning threaten; a glowing-red demon gliding through the rooms of a home; a husband and wife visiting a swingers’ bathhouse with rooms named after famous philosophers. By turns entrancing and mystifying, POST TENEBRAS LUX palpably explores the primal conflicts of the human condition.

MEXICO / FRANCE / GERMANY/ THE NETHERLANDS • 2012 • 115 MINS.
IN SPANISH, ENGLISH, AND FRENCH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • STRAND RELEASING

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“CRITICS’ PICK. Mesmerizing, mysterious, willfully perverse… It’s a male psychodrama cum family-man meltdown… a deeply personal, intermittently hermetic exploration of innocence and sin, good and evil… Life and death, nature and culture, sex and money, man and beast, God and the Devil – POST TENEBRAS LUX embraces the world even if it doesn’t open itself up to ready interpretation…”
– Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
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“Mesmerizing. Casts a strange and powerful spell. A MASTERPIECE.”
– Andrew O’Hehir, Salon.com
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“Critics’ Picks. Stunning!”
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

“Exquisitely beautiful and hallucinatory visuals.”
– Gavin Smith, Film Comment

“Impressionistic and tantalizing.  A film that is neither obviously avant-garde nor narratively approachable, but a dizzying, and often exhilarating synthesis of both modes.  Vividly beautiful photography…the film feels genuinely, bracingly experimental.”
– Jonathan Romney, Screen International

“Thrilling!  A landscape of possibility, vibrantly alert to the tensions of class, family and desire, pulsating with life.  Visual and thematic consistency that lends real power to the images and the story.”
– Tom Hall, Hammer to Nail

“ENTRANCINGLY BEAUTIFUL. As beguiling a cinematic object as one is likely to encounter this year. A personal work in which autobiographical content is lyrically transfigured and elevated to cosmic heights. A cinema whose metaphysical explorations are as revelatory as those of his forebears: Dreyer, Tarkovsky, late Godard, etc. Far more invested in the audiovisual rendering of physicality than in narrative, Reygadas aims to evoke pure sensation.  This is a painterly meditation on the interplay of vision, memory and imagination… It amounts to watching the dissolution of the boundary between life and art, through a glass darkly.”
– Dan Sullivan, Film Comment

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