Carlos Reygadas tells the story of a couple who, in deciding to have an open relationship, lead their marriage to the edge of the abyss. The lead roles—the incredibly jealous Juan and his partner Esther, who is having an affair with an American—are played by the director himself and his wife, Natalia López. They are joined on screen by their real-life children: Rut and Eleazar Reygadas. But there is nothing exhibitionistic about Our Time; the only truly intimate aspects of the film are questions about relationships and the passion with which the director shares those questions with the audience. The film is set in the Mexican provinces, where a family of wealthy farmers combine hard work on their ranch with a passion for art. Observing both animals and people fighting, Reygadas looks at how culture creates a dam for our instincts, how it transforms lust, aggression and passion into music or film. But it also shows the threat that technology poses to relationships today. Ease of movement and communication tempts us with promises of other loves and other lives. For Reygadas, “our time” has both a private dimension and a broader social dimension.
Born in 1971, Carlos Reygadas grew up in Mexico City. He studied international law but abandoned his career for cinema. His feature-length debut,Japón,was an award winner at festivals in Cannes, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The controversial Battle in Heaven (2005), which was screened at Cannes, established Reygadas as one of South America’s most fascinating directors. Silent Light, which he completed in 2007, deals with important issues for the director in a form closely based on classic models of metaphysical cinema. His Post tenebras lux took home the award for best director at the Cannes Festival in 2012, and his latest film, Our Time, premiered at the Venice Festival in 2018. He was the subject of a retrospective at New Horizons in 2012.
2002 Japón / Japan
2005 Bitwa w niebie / Batalla en el cielo / Battle in Heaven
2007 Ciche światło / Stellet licht / Silent Light
2012 Post tenebras lux / Post Tenebras Lux
2018 Nasz czas / Nuestro tiempo / Our Time