In his latest film, Julián Hernández portrays love as an epic act of martyrdom in which redemption and fulfilment can only be found in the afterlife. This new work tells the story of two men, Kieri and Ryo, and their unquestioning love for each other. The absoluteness of this love gives meaning to their lives. But their mutual devotion is not to last – Ryo is abducted and, as a result, Kieri must now embark upon a mysterious journey. Unbeknown to him, it is “Corazón del cielo”, or heaven’s heart herself that leads and protects the lovers on their quest and spurs on Kieri’s longing.
Escape, searching and waiting are the stages of Ryo’s lonely journey which ends in his death, while Kieri, desperate to find his beloved, agrees to sacrifice his body to bring about Ryo’s resurrection. When they die, “Corazón del cielo” guides the earth to cover them, so that new life can spring from their demise. United in death, Ryo and Kieri return to life through myth – for heaven does not forget those capable of unconditional love. –Berlinale
Julian Hernandez got the attention of national and international film critics with his first movie A Thousand Clouds of Peace (Mil nubes de paz cercan el cielo, amor, jamás acabarás de ser amor), with it he won the Teddy award in the Berlin Film Festival. In February 2008, Hernandez did it again and seduced the jury of Panorama in Berlinale who gave him his second Teddy for his latest long film Raging Sun, Raging Sky (Rabioso sol, rabioso cielo). His short film, Bramadero, was shown in the sixth Edition of FICM. The filmography of this Mexican director, who got his first award in the second Jornada de Cortometrajes for his work Por encima del abismo de la desesperación, sums up to 3 long films and 14 short ones. His movies are known for his peculiar approach to the cinematographic language in which he takes special care on aestethics. Many critics have compared his work with choreographies and praise his use of sequence shots.
He studied in Centro Universitario de Estudios Cinematográficos… read more
Epic Longing and Love. Words that accurately describe this. Shot in a series of long takes and tracking shots, the overall effect is slow, but intriguing. The story itself is composed of a fantasticism that merges life in Mexico City and an isolated, imaginary desert. It has to be commended for its unabashed portrayal of gay eroticism, a hard feat taking into consideration Mexico's conservative social mores.