Mexican master Carlos Reygadas juxtaposes computer-generated images of a fiery red devil moving like the Pink Panther with B-film horror (a man pulls off his own head); group sex in a sauna with fairytale-like, slightly distorted images of a young girl pacing through a majestic landscape; and an affluent man and his stunningly beautiful wife having existential discussions about their relationship(s) with shots of a junior rugby team.
Reygadas, whose feature debut Japón had its world premiere at the IFFR in 2002, compares the rough, associative and instinctive Post tenebras lux (‘light after darkness’) with an Expressionist painting in which he makes room for his deepest feelings, his memories, dreams, desires and fears.
At the Cannes festival the film was booed, but Reygadas took home the prize for best direction. Partly financed by the Dutch Film Fund and co-produced by the Dutch company Topkapi Films.

Filmmaker
Carlos Reygadas
Country
Mexico, France, Netherlands, Germany
Year
2012
Medium
DCP
Length
120’
Language
Spanish
Producer
Jaime Romandía, Carlos Reygadas
Production Company
Mantarraya Producciones, NoDream Cinema
Sales
NDM International Sales
Writer
Carlos Reygadas
Cinematography
Alexis Zabe
Editor
Natalia López
Production Design
Gerardo Tagle
Sound Design
Sergio Diaz
Cast
Adolfo Jiménez Castro, Nathalia Acevedo
Website
http://septemberfilm.nl/films/87-Post_Tenebras_Lux