Stellet licht (Silent Light) (2007)
Saturday, April 6, 8 p.m., Rich Theatre
Earning awards at festivals around the world, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Silent Light finds the sublime in Mexico's natural world. Reygadas uses ominous skies and sun-filled meadows alike to tell the story of a family from northern Mexico's Mennonite community who are facing both marital and existential problems. Silent Light is a reimagining of Carl Theodor Dreyer's classic Danish film Ordet (1955) and retains as its focus questions of morality, love, and duty within a quiet story of human struggle. Reygadas pays powerful homage to Dreyer with its astonishingly profound yet simple conclusion. Arguably Reygadas's most breathtaking film and the one that solidified his reputation within the global art cinema elite, Silent Light asks us to consider the possibility of transcendence as both an aesthetic and a spiritual phenomenon.
Pricing: General admission, $7; Museum members, students with I.D., and seniors, $6; Patron-level members, FREE