In director Gus Van den Berghe’s cinematic translation of 17th century poet Joost van den Vondel’s Lucifer (1954), the fallen angel climbs down a celestial ladder and miraculously arrives in a rural Mexican village. Plagued by their stagnant ways of life, Lucifer works his magic in physical form, aiding the villages and brightening up the atmosphere into a celebration followed by tragedy.
Shot in ‘Tondoscope’, a newly invented circular aspect ratio, Lucifer has a cosmological veneer of an age-old fable set in a contemporary setting. As with all great revisionist depictions of biblical mythology, the film skirts through any hint of blasphemy to pose a compelling new perspective into the devil himself as the bearer of consciousness that binds humans to their freedom.
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Gust Van den Berghe, born in 1985, graduated in audiovisual arts in Brussels. He shot a series of short films and documentaries before embarking on his triptych of filmic adaptations, Little Baby Jesus of Flandr (2010), Blue Bird (2011) and the final instalment Lucifer, which brought him critical acclaim.
- Tomas Leyers
- Gust Van Den Berghe
- Gabino Rodríguez, Norma Pablo, María Toral Acosta, Jerónimo Soto Bravo, Sergio Lázaro Cortez
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