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Through the Looking-Glass…Top 200 Most Anticipated Films of 2017: #2. Carlos Reygadas’ Where Life Begins

Where Life Begins

Director: Carlos Reygadas
Writer: Carlos Reygadas

We’re thrilled to find Mexican auteur Carlos Reygadas at last embarking on his fifth feature, Where Life Begins, described by the director as a ‘cowboy story’ about the emotional phases of open relationships within the backdrop of Mexico’s fighting bull-breeding ranches. Reygadas presented his exceptional 2002 debut in the Directors’ Fortnight (where it was awarded a special mention for the Camera d’Or), while his next three features played in the main competition (Silent Light took home the Jury Prize in 2007 and Post Tenebras Lux netted him Best Director in 2012). Controversial and idiosyncratic, his works are often incredibly beautiful (perhaps the exception being 2005’s Battle in Heaven), even when displaying grotesque imagery. DoP Diego Garcia (Weerasthekul’s Cemetery of Splendor, Mascaro’s Neon Bull) notably serves as cinematographer this time around.

Cast: NA

Production Co.: Mantarraya, Le Pacte, Match Factory

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. Match Factory (domestic/international).

Release Date: Filming is set to take place throughout 2016, with production expected to be completed by the end of the year, making this an automatic shoe-in for Cannes 2017.


Los Angeles based Nicholas Bell is's Chief Film Critic and covers film festivals such as Sundance, Berlin, Cannes and TIFF. He is part of the critic groups on Rotten Tomatoes, The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (LAFCA), FIPRESCI, the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) and GALECA. His top 3 for 2023: The Beast (Bonello) Poor Things (Lanthimos), Master Gardener (Schrader). He was a jury member at the 2019 Cleveland International Film Festival.


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