Natural Transgressions: The Films of Carlos Reygadas

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Beginning with his debut feature Japón (2002), Mexican filmmaker Carlos Reygadas has been the complete package: a mature and accomplished artist who is both in dialogue with the masters of the form and operating on his own plane. His films are not only unique within contemporary cinema but in many ways distinct from one another, most evident in the passage from the urban tableaus of Battle in Heaven (2005) to the expansive landscapes of Silent Light (2007). Yet as his subsequent films—Post Tenebras Lux (2012) and Our Time (2018)—have exemplified, the common threads of Reygadas’s work are a frank, often merciless reckoning with tensions and imbalances between social classes, and a parallel, not unrelated friction between fiction and reality, artifice and nature. MoMI will present all five features by Reygadas, along with select shorts, culminating with a special preview screening of Our Time, with Reygadas and Natalia López in person, courtesy of Monument Releasing. Our Time opens theatrically on June 14 at the Landmark Quad Cinema.