Photo: Carlos Reygadas
Mexico’s Carlos Reygadas on Sunday won the prize for best director at the 65th edition of the Cannes Film Festival for “Post Tenebras Lux.”
“I would like to thank the festival, which believed in this film, which invited it to be here and which continues supporting it,” said Reygadas upon collecting the award from the hand of French singer Patrick Bruel.
Reygadas thanked the Cannes panel of judges, who - he said - honored a film made in complete freedom, calling them “a panel of free men and women,” the public who has gone to see the film and even the members of the press who over the past three or four days have not spoken very well of the film.
And he dedicated the prize to his children Rut and Eleazar, “the bosses,” who have roles in “Post Tenebras Lux” as children of the main characters.
This is the second trophy the Cannes festival has awarded to Reygadas, having bestowed upon him the Panel of Judges’ Prize in 2007 for “Luz silenciosa,” as well as giving him a special mention in the first works section with his debut in feature films - “Japon” - in 2002.
“Post Tenebras Lux” is a complicated tale, very beautiful in its formal aspect but which demands much of the viewer, since it gives no clues for understanding a very unconventional plot.
It is so unconventional that at the film’s presentation press conference Reygadas said that he felt somewhat “flattered” by the fact that the film had been received with boos.
“It flatters me that a good portion of the press don’t like it. It’s not my aim to to please the greatest number of people possible,” Reygadas said, adding that the fact that there are some people who can become very emotional over the film is enough for him.