Battle in Heaven – Raya Martin

Still image from Battle In Heaven

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Raya Martin is an independent filmmaker (Independencia, A Short Film About the Indio Nacional (Or the Prolonged Sorrow of Filipinos) ), whose films have been featured in numerous international film festivals and as part of a retrospective at the Museum of Moving Image in New York.

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“Singing Neil Young can be really hard.”

“A lot of people say I destroy him!” Lead actress Nathalia Acevedo discusses the challenges faced when performing Neil Young’s It’s A Dream in a pivotal scene in Post Tenebras Lux.

And for those who want to sing along themselves…

“I want to clarify this thing about the Devil…” Carlos Reygadas video interview

In the fifth of a series of short video interviews with director Carlos Reygadas about Post Tenebras Lux, the director talks about evil, conceptualisation and the inevitable loss of innocence.

“The film comes from direct experience of life.” Video interview with Carlos Reygadas

“Dreams are not part of the fantastic. They are part of reality.” In the fourth of a series of short video interviews with director Carlos Reygadas about Post Tenebras Lux, the director talks dreams, rugby and decapitation.

“It became enjoyable.” Nathalia Acevedo discusses the filming of the bathhouse scene

Still image from Post Tenebras Lux

An important facet of Carlos Reygadas’ work is his frank depiction of sexuality onscreen.  In Post Tenebras Lux this is most evident in a scene where Juan (Adolfo Jiménez Castro) and his wife Natalia (Nathalia Acevedo) visit an orgy in a Belgian bathhouse.  Here Acevedo discusses the process of making the bathhouse scene from her perspective.