// Presented as part of May's Reygadas x Larraín Series //
Carlos Reygadas / 2007, Cannes, AFI Fest, Anonimul, Bergen, BFI London, Cairo, Chicago, Faro Island, Ghent, Havana, Helsinki, Lima, Motovun, New York, Riga, Rio de Janeiro, Rotterdam, San Sebastián, Sarajevo, Stockholm, Sydney, Thessaloniki, Tokyo, Toronto / 136'
Johan lives with Esther, his wife, and their seven children in rural Chihuaha state, among a community of Mennonites. For the past two years Johan has engaged in a passionate affair with their neighbor, Marianne, a fact well-known to his wife. While Johan is committed to his role as a father, he cannot reconcile his love for Marianne, which is overpowering. Seeking confidence in his father, a preacher, and his friend Zacarias, Johan's behavior is deemed the devil's work. Before long the affair results in tragedy, and Johan's faith is his only redemption.
Filmed with nonprofessional actors in a remote corner of Mexico, and attuned to the arcadian rhythms of each day's dawn and dusk, Silent Light captures a man's spiritual unrest in gestural detail, a cinematographic gaze that approximates the divine. Carlos Reygadas's third feature premiered at Cannes, where it won the Jury Prize; Bergen, Chicago and Ghent, where it won Best Film; Stockholm, where it won Best Screenplay; Havana, where it won Best Cinematography and Best Director; and Rio de Janeiro, where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Silent Light was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, and is a New York Times Critics' Pick.