Director sets semiautobiographical fiction film
Carlos Reygadas (“Silent Light”), the lynchpin of a new generation of Mexican directors, is prepping his next feature, “Post Tenebras Lux.”A semiautobiographical fiction film, “Lux” will be about “feelings, memories, dreams, things I’ve hoped for, fears, facts of my current life,” Reygadas said at Berlin, where he is presenting “Revolucion,” the Canana-produced omnibus of contempo shorts about the consequences — or lack of them — of the Mexican Revolution. “Lux” will unspool in places where Reygadas has lived: Mexico, England, Spain and Belgium. Pic will roll in 2010, with Alexis Zabe as cinematographer. In “Revolucion,” Reygadas’ sardonic short “Este es mi reino” has a camera searching for a sense of how a chronicle of a group of Mexicans celebrating a banquet in the countryside. It finds it when, as night kicks in, they end up trashing and torching a wrecked-car. Reygadas’ next pic will go further, as a film where “reason will intervene as little as possible, like an expressionist painting where you try to express what you’re feeling through the painting rather than depict what something looks like,” Reygadas said in Berlin. “Lux” will be produced by Reygadas’ own label, NoDreamsCinema, and longtime partner Jaime Romandia at Romandia’s Mantarraya Producciones, a top Mexican production-distribution house. It looks set to be co-produced by Jean Labadie’s Paris-based Le Pacte, Romandia said at Berlin. “Lux” forms part of Mantarraya’s 2010 production slate, along with Amat Escalante’s “Heli,” revisionst western “River of Gold,” and toon pic “La Familia del Barrio.” Budgeted at $1.7 million, “Heli,” which has just pulled down a Sundance/NHK screenplay award, turns on how drug cartel-related violence impregnates the whole of Mexican society, tearing whole families apart, said Romandia. One of Mexico’s top young auteurs, Escalante’s “Sangre” and “Bastards” both played Cannes’ Un Certain Regard. “Heli”‘s $1.7 million budget will be part covered by Article 226 tax coin, said Romandia. “Heli” will shoot over six-or-seven weeks, rather than Escalante’s usual four-week shoot. A further Mantarraya-produced pic, Pedro Gonzalez Rubio’s “Alamar,” won a Rotterdam VPRO Tiger award this month. Handled by MK2 Intl., “Alamar” has sold healthily at Berlin, closing the U.K. (New Wave), France (Epicentre), plus Poland, former Yugolslavia, Denmark and Norway.