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Chicago Theatrical Premiere
SILENT LIGHT (STELLET LICHT)
Jury Prize Cannes Film Fest
5 awards incl. Best Picture and Best Director Ariel Awards Mexico
Best Film Chicago Intl Film Fest
"I was amazed by Silent Light--the setting, the language, the delicacy of the interactions between the people on screen, the drama of redemption. And most of all by Carlos Reygadas’s extraordinarily rich sense of cinema, evident in every frame. A surprising picture, and a very moving one as well." -Martin Scorsese
"A rousing true story of solidarity, perseverance, and triumph" -Variety
"It relates an outwardly simple story of sin and forgiveness with complexity and breathtakingly beautiful imagery" -New York Times
"Distinguished by its formal rigor and deadpan audacity... the movie is both deeply absurd and powerfully affecting" -Village Voice
½ "With Silent Light, Reygadas takes his place among the leading directors working today" -New York Post
"Silent Light provokes awe... approaches grace" -TimeOut NY
"Silent Light is something of a miracle" -Chicago Tribune
"A solemn and profound film... the performances assume an almost holy reality" -Roger Ebert
"Hypnotic, spiritual, attentive to nature, provocative" -TimeOut Chicago
"Every scene tends to create its own powerful reality" -Chicago Reader
"[An] austere masterpiece" -Onion A.V. Club
Filmmaker Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Battle in Heaven) displays an amazing maturity of vision in his latest masterwork, a mesmerising and deeply moving tale of love and betrayal played out against the pastoral backdrop of the North Mexican Mennonite community. Silent Light tells the story of Johan, a married man who, against the laws of his faith and traditional beliefs, falls in love with another woman, thus facing an internal dilemma - whether to betray his wife, the woman he once loved and disrupt the apparent stability of the community or sacrifice his true love and future happiness. Stunningly beautiful and sublimely shot entirely on location in the Mexican Mennonite community near Chihuahua, Silent Light opens with what is arguably the single most remarkable shot of the year, dawn breaking over the rural landscape. Reygadas's control of image and sound reconfirm his position as a singular filmmaking talent and as one of contemporary cinema's most distinctive auteurs.
Directed by Carlos Reygadas, Mexico/France/The Netherlands/ 2007, 35mm, 136 mins. In Plautdietsch with English subtitles.