Made at the beginning of his career, Reygadas’s 1999 short film Maxhumain doesn’t really resemble Silent Light in any way — it’s a tiny, experimental, mixed-media dream about a young man’s existential portent amid memories of his mother — but it does showcase the director’s knack for creating drama even in the most unusual of circumstances. It’s also a strange, somewhat opaque work — a good example of Reygadas’s inherent abilities, as well a reminder of how far he’s come. —New York Magazine
Carlos Reygadas Castillo is a Mexican filmmaker known for his three films Batalla en el Cielo, Japón and Stellet Licht (Luz Silenciosa). After Batalla en el Cielo he was known for his raw depiction of sex on his films and the use of old or ugly characters. With Stellet Licht Carlos competed once more for the Palm d’or at the 2007 edition of the Cannes Film Festival, and has become one of the most prominent writer/directors of modern cinema.
In 1987 Carlos Reygadas discovered his filmic passion after watching the films Andrei Tarkovsky. He studied Law in Mexico, afterwards he specialized in Armed Conflicts in London and worked for the United Nations.
In 1997 Carlos participated in a film competition in Belgium with his first short film, Maxhumain. Shortly after that, in 1999 he began writing his first long film: Japón, which he didn’t began to shoot until 2001. The film was presented at the Rotterdam Film Festival and received a special metion on the Caméra d’Or award at… read more