On Monday Mexican screenwriter and director  Guillermo Arriaga will present Words with Gods, the first film in a planned series of four omnibus features titled 'The Heartbeat of the World'.  The next in the series, Encounters, will tackle sex; the third Polis will look at human rights and politics; and the final installment Into the Bloodstream will cover people's relationships with the often illicit substances they ingest. Arriaga continues to offer creative leadership on the project with  co-producers Alex Garcia and Argentinian Lucas Akoskin.

Based on a concept by Arriaga, Words with Gods features nine stories of faith, created by some of the world's most celebrated filmmakers. A dramatic spectrum of beliefs are represented, with each filmmaker speaking about the one closest to their lives: Warwick Thornton deals with Aboriginal Spirituality, Héctor Babenco with Umbanda, Mira Nair with Hinduism, Hideo Nakata with Shinto Buddhism, Amos Gitai with Judaism, Álex de la Iglesia with Catholicism, Emir Kusturica with Orthodox Christianity,Bahman Ghobadi with Islam and Guillermo Arriaga himself with Atheism.  The film's music is composed by Peter Gabriel.

The screening will be at the Cinepolis Lagoon at 19.15 when Arriaga, who is also well known internationally for his work with Alejandro González Iñárritu, will be presented with the FIPRESCI Latin American Personality of the Year Award.




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