// Presented as part of May's Reygadas x Larraín Series //
Carlos Reygadas / 2005, Cannes, Helsinki, Karlovy Vary, Mar del Plata, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, Sundance, Toronto / 94'
Ana is a member of the elite, her father a Mexican general. Privileged, wealthy, and bored, she forms a connection with Marcos, the family chaffeur—he is the only member of her household who knows about her double life working as a high-end prostitute. This clandestine knowledge, and escalating anxiety in his own household, leads Marcos to confide in Ana a secret of his own: an infant child that he and his wife kidnapped for ransom has died in their custody. Ana pleads with him to turn himself in, but Marcos decides to seek redemption elsewhere.
Offering an intersectional view of race, class, and gender in Mexico City, Battle in Heaven is a provocative statement on structural forms of violence and their ripple effects. Carlos Reygadas's second film premiered at Cannes, Rotterdam, Karlovy Vary, and Rio de Janeiro, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize.