Battle in Heaven

by Carlos Reygadas

France/Mexico, 2005, 98', colour



Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. Ana lives in another world, she is the daughter of the general Marcos is driving for, and prostitutes herself for pleasure.

Reviews

"Mind-blowing, daring, setting free an emotion of singular power. (...) We get to hear the most simple and yet most profound words."
Antoine de Baecque, LIBÉRATION

"Mexico’s latest wunderkind (...) intensely exciting"
Ken Besinger, VARIETY

"Awe-inspiring simplicity and baroque impetuosity. (...) Battle in Heaven joins the ranks of a great cinema of liberation. The film is all the more convincing in that it is unforgiving in its depiction of the necessary force of evil and the fascination of death that goes together with human behaviour."
Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE

"The most memorable of this year's films"
Nick James, SIGHT & SOUND

"Immensely striking and quite powerful."
Peter Brunette, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL

"Stuff of a genius"
Robert Horton, THE HERALD

"Magnified bodies and suffocating urban sprawl (...) Mr. Reygada’s film insists on the primacy of the sensual."
Dennis Lim, THE NY TIMES

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Carlos Reygadas

Carlos Reygadas was born in 1971 in Mexico. His first feature film, JAPÒN was presented in 2002 at the film festivals in Rotterdam and in Cannes where it received the Camera d'Or. BATTLE IN HEAVEN his second feature film premiered in competition at Cannes 2005. SILENT LIGHT, released in 2007, won the Jury Price in Cannes.

FILMOGRAPHY

2010 REVOLUCIÓN, Fiction, 105 min.
2007 SILENT LIGHT (STELLET LICHT), Fiction, 145 min.
2005 BATTLE IN HEAVEN, Fiction, 98 min.
2002 JAPÒN, Fiction, 130 min.

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Cast

Marcos Hernandez - Marcos
Anapola Mushkadiz - Ana
Berta Ruiz - Marco's wife
David Bronstein - Jaime

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Script: Carlos Reygadas
Director of Photography: Diego Martinez Vignatti
Editing: Benjamin Mirguet, Adoración G. Elipe, Nicolas Schmerkin
Sound: Gilles Laurent
Executive Producer: Hamish McAlpine
Producers: Philippe Bober, Carlos Reygadas, Jaime Romandia, Susanne Marian
Production Companies: Société Parisienne de Production, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, MaceyCo, Tarantula BE

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: Spanish
Fomat: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.85
Speed: 24 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SRD (and DTS SR available)
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 3104m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Competition


MAIN AWARD

Rio de Janeiro 2005, FIPRESCI Prize

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2005, Competition
Sarajevo 2005, Competition
Toronto 2005, Competition
Reykjavik 2005, Competition

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Year: 
2005
Duration: 
98'

Carlos Reygadas

Carlos Reygadas was born in 1971 in Mexico. His first feature film, JAPÒN was presented in 2002 at the film festivals in Rotterdam and in Cannes where it received the Camera d'Or. BATTLE IN HEAVEN his second feature film premiered in competition at Cannes 2005. SILENT LIGHT, released in 2007, won the Jury Price in Cannes.

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Country: 
France France
Mexico Mexico



Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. Ana lives in another world, she is the daughter of the general Marcos is driving for, and prostitutes herself for pleasure.

Reviews: 

"Mind-blowing, daring, setting free an emotion of singular power. (...) We get to hear the most simple and yet most profound words."
Antoine de Baecque, LIBÉRATION

"Mexico’s latest wunderkind (...) intensely exciting"
Ken Besinger, VARIETY

"Awe-inspiring simplicity and baroque impetuosity. (...) Battle in Heaven joins the ranks of a great cinema of liberation. The film is all the more convincing in that it is unforgiving in its depiction of the necessary force of evil and the fascination of death that goes together with human behaviour."
Jacques Mandelbaum, LE MONDE

"The most memorable of this year's films"
Nick James, SIGHT & SOUND

"Immensely striking and quite powerful."Peter Brunette, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL"Stuff of a genius"Robert Horton, THE HERALD"Magnified bodies and suffocating urban sprawl (...) Mr. Reygada’s film insists on the primacy of the sensual."Dennis Lim, THE NY TIMES

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Synopsis: 

Marcos and his wife kidnap a baby for ransom money, but it goes tragically wrong when the infant dies. Ana lives in another world, she is the daughter of the general Marcos is driving for, and prostitutes herself for pleasure.

Cast details: 

Marcos Hernandez - MarcosAnapola Mushkadiz - AnaBerta Ruiz - Marco's wifeDavid Bronstein - Jaime

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Script: Carlos Reygadas
Director of Photography: Diego Martinez Vignatti
Editing: Benjamin Mirguet, Adoración G. Elipe, Nicolas Schmerkin
Sound: Gilles Laurent
Executive Producer: Hamish McAlpine
Producers: Philippe Bober, Carlos Reygadas, Jaime Romandia, Susanne Marian
Production Companies: Société Parisienne de Production, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, MaceyCo, Tarantula BE

Technical InformationCategory: Feature Film / Fiction Original Language: Spanish Fomat: 35mm / colour Screen Ratio: 1:1.85 Speed: 24 frames/second Sound: Dolby SRD (and DTS SR available) Number of Reels: 6 Footage: 3104m

Pressbook: 

 

Download pressbook

Downloads pictures :


Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Cannes 2005, Competition


MAIN AWARD

Rio de Janeiro 2005, FIPRESCI Prize

ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS

Karlovy Vary 2005, Competition
Sarajevo 2005, Competition
Toronto 2005, Competition
Reykjavik 2005, Competition

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