El reino de dios

The Realm of God | Das Reich Gottes
“You have already taken communion.” – “Yes, but I don’t feel God yet.”

Things may not be perfect, but for Neimar, life is good. When Mum cooks bland beans and has no money for new clothes, or when she‘s busy healing sinners, he can always count on Grandma for advice or a joke. And then there‘s his best friend Demi, the racehorses he loves so much, and his First Communion classes where he flawlessly recites the Ten Commandments. Now Neimar finally wants to feel God‘s presence – if he can only figure out how. As he searches for a happiness at odds with the complexities of real life, Mexican director Claudia Sainte-Luce observes the hustling young boy with a realism suffused with light, in which carefree innocence does not simply dissolve, but instead grows and matures into worldly wisdom.
by Claudia Sainte-Luce
with Diego Armando Lara Lagunes, Lizbeth Gabriela Nolasco Hernández, Margarita Guevara Gonzales
Mexico 2022 Spanish 73’ Colour World premiere recommendation: 8 years and up


  • Diego Armando Lara Lagunes (Neimar)
  • Lizbeth Gabriela Nolasco Hernández (Mother)
  • Margarita Guevara Gonzales (Grandma)


Written and Directed by Claudia Sainte-Luce
Cinematography Carlos Correa
Editing Julián Sarmiento
Sound Design Sergio Díaz
Sound Nicolás Aguilar
Production Design Luis Alfredo Consuelo
Costumes Luis Alfredo Consuelo
Make-Up Héctor Fernando Cruz
Casting Vanessa Romo
Assistant Director Lizeth Hernández Ortiz
Executive Producer Carlos Correa
Producer Christian Kregel
Co-Production Godius Film Mexiko-Stadt
Terminal Mexiko-Stadt
Gravedad Cero Films Mexiko-Stadt

Claudia Sainte-Luce

The writer, director and actor was born in Veracruz, Mexico in 1982. After studying visual arts at the University of Guadalajara, she made several short films and worked as an assistant director for various Mexican productions before starting to write her own scripts. Her feature film debut The Amazing Catfish premiered at Locarno Film Festival.


2013 Los insólitos peces gato (The Amazing Catfish) 2016 La caja vacía (The Empty Box) 2021 El camino de Sol (Sol’s Journey) · La isla de sacrificios (The Island of Sacrifices); short film 2022 El reino de dios (The Realm of God)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022