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SILENT LIGHT aka STELLET LICHT
UK: Tartan Films
Cast: Cornelio Wall Fehr, Miriam Toews, Maria Pankratz, Peter Wall, Elisabeth Fehr, Jacobo Klassen, Irma Thiessen, Alfredo Thiessen, Daniel Thiessen, Autghe Loewen, Jackob Loewen, Gerardo Thiessen, Alex Thiessen
Director: Carols Reygadas
Countries: Mexico / France / Netherlands / Germany
Language: German (English subtitles)
UK: 136 mins
UK Certificate: 15 contains moderate sex
UK Release Date: 7 December 2007 (Limited Release)
Carlos Reygadas's latest film SILENT LIGHT is a mesmerising and deeply moving tale of love and betrayal played out against the pastoral backdrop of the North Mexican Mennonite community. The story centres around Johan (Cornelio Wall Fehr), a married man who against the laws of his faith and traditional beliefs, falls in love with another woman, thus facing the dilemma of whether to betray his wife and disrupt the apparent stability of the community or sacrifice his true love and future happiness.
Sublimely shot, entirely on location in the Mexican Mennonite community near Chihuahua, SILENT LIGHT opens with what is arguably the single most remarkable shot of the year; dawn breaking over the rural landscape.