Silent Light (Stellet licht, Mexico 2007), the third feature from the audacious, award-winning director Carlos Reygadas (Japón, Battle in Heaven) will open on SFFS Screen at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas on Friday, February 27, 2009.
In Carlos Reygadas’s masterful film, light and sound make—and remake—the world. Bookended by extraordinary shots heralding a world of tumultuous existence, Silent Light tells a story of love, family and adultery in a Mennonite community in northern Mexico. Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), a farmer who has seven kids with his wife, Esther (Miriam Toews), has fallen in love with another woman in the community, Marianne (Maria Pankratz). This taboo relationship impacts everyone involved in a profoundly felt way not often depicted in cinema. Rather than resorting to emotional histrionics, Silent Light is much more concerned with the essential truths of the circumstances facing these three adults and their loved ones. Using mostly untrained actors from the culture he is depicting and a mesmerizing technique showcasing the miracles of the natural world and its interaction with sentient beings, the immensely talented Reygadas has made one of the finest films of the year. As Peter Bradshaw put it in the Guardian, “This is a deeply considered, formally accomplished, beautiful-looking and unexpectedly gripping film from a director making a giant leap into the first rank of world cinema.” Written by Carlos Reygadas. Photographed by Alexis Zabe. With Cornelio Wall, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz. 142 min. In Plautdietsch (a German dialect spoken in the Mennonite community) with English subtitles. Distributed by Palisades Pictures.
At the Sundance Kabuki all seats are reserved and an amenities fee is in effect for most shows. Tickets are available through the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas box office, at kiosks in the lobby and online at sundancecinemas.com/kabuki with print-at-home capability. San Francisco Film Society members receive discounted admission to SFFS Screen programs at the box office only (not online or at the lobby kiosks).
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Added by cinesoul on February 20, 2009