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Screening: "Lucifer" by Gust van den Berghe

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Screening: "Lucifer" by Gust van den Berghe

Koret Auditorium

110 minutes, Spanish with English subtitles

A cinematic translation of Lucifer, a 17th century Dutch play on the primal nature of good and evil, the film transposes the action to a timeless village in rural Mexico, shot on location in Angahuan, a small village at the foot of the Parícutin, and involves experimentation in form and content. Van den Berghe works primarily with residents of the local region, and treats the film itself with a painterly sense of composition and aesthetics. Shot in revolutionary “Tondoscope,” this unique circular frame mirrors the iris of the human eye, referencing our own act of viewing and the all-seeing eye of a higher power, as well as creating a kind of otherworldly paradise that descends into . Its themes of spiritual duality offer a contemporary counterpoint to the themes of the Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire exhibition on view.

Film description: On his way from Heaven to Hell, Lucifer passes through the earthly paradise of Mexico, where elderly Lupita and her granddaughter Maria live. Lupita's brother Emanuel pretends he's paralyzed so he can drink and gamble while the two women tend to the sheep. Lucifer senses an opportunity and plays the miraculous healer. He forces Emanuel to walk again, seduces Maria and makes Lupita lose her faith. He didn’t bring bad luck, he only illuminated the line between good and evil, where it didn't exist before.

Ticket Information

Programs and museum admission are free and open to the public. Come onsite the day-of to redeem a free ticket to see Teotihuacan: City of Water, City of Fire Admission into the permanent collection is free with no ticket required.

Free film screening tickets will be distributed at the Koret Auditorium entrance (street level) starting at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited and first-come first-served. Please arrive early to guarantee your place.

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