A reemergence of Latin American films on the international scene in recent years has resulted in a wealth of vivid, groundbreaking work. The Walker Art Center’s Cinemateca film series continues its run of screenings on the last Friday of each month with a recent film from Mexico, Carlos Reygadas’ Silent Light (Stellet Licht), on Friday, April 25, 7:30 pm. Reygadas will be present to introduce the screening.
Visionary director Reygadas’ new film reveals a spiritual crisis unfolding in a strict Mennonite community near Chihuahua, Mexico. As in his earlier films, Battle of Heaven and Japón, Reygadas infuses Silent Light with neo-Biblical imagery to explore ways that passionate, error-prone people reconcile their physical desires with their deep religious convictions. Winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Silent Light also swept the Ariel Awards, Mexico’s equivalent to the Oscars, in March, with awards for Best Picture, Director, Supporting Actress, Cinematography, and Original Screenplay. (2007, 35mm, in Plautdietsch with English subtitles, 144 minutes.)
Tickets to Silent Light are $8 ($6 Walker members) and are available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600. The screening takes place in the Walker Cinema.
The Cinemateca series continues on Friday, May 30, with The Crown (La Corona), which earlier this year was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary, Short Subject, and Friday, June 27, with XXY from Argentina, which won the Ariel Award for Best Ibero American Film.