Black Sun

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    Black Sun

    Sol negro

    Directed by

    Colombia, France, USA

    2016

    43 min

    • Spanish

    Documentary

    Antonia is a lyrical singer whose beauty is uncommon, lush and somber. Recovering from a suicide attempt in a rehabilitation institution, all her family ties are irreparably broken. But her sister remains deeply affected by what happened.

    Awards

    • Grand Prix Special Mention - FID Marseille
    • Grand Prix Honourable Mention (International Competition) - Doc Lisboa

    Festivals

    Credits

    Screenplay
    Laura Huertas Millán
    Cinematography
    Jordane Chouzenoux
    Editing
    Isabelle Manquillet

    Director's Statement

    How can you film what is supposed to be the most intimate, the closest to you, when it is precisely the thing that you want to escape the most ? Antonia is a fictional character inspired by the real life of my aunt, a former lyrical singer who was diagnosed with bipolarity a few years ago after a suicide attempt. I proposed to my aunt to replay episodes of her life, from the present and past, under the mask of Antonia’s persona. I was seeking for a way to relate to her again, and to confront a familial and genetic legacy of mental illness affecting her, my mother, my grandmother, and eventually me.”

    Production
    EVIDENCIA FILMS
    Production
    LES FILMS DU WORSO

    Press

    Sun works mysteriously, through dismantled sequences and elusive editing, tight frames and dim lighting, toward a form that refuses to extricate past from present, the imaginary from the real.

    Leo Goldsmith, Film Comment

    Sol Negro is extraordinary filmmaking.

    Michael Pattison, Sight & Sound

    Laura Huertas Millán

    Laura Huertas Millán

    Colombia

    I am interested in syncretism, in the plurality of voices and narrative structures, and how fiction is an intrinsic layer of reality. This aesthetic calls forth an altered state of perception, a temporal/spatial voyage into the depths of the self, of dream, and memory - a truly embodied experience.

    Laura Huertas Millán is a French-Colombian artist and filmmaker. A graduate of the Beaux-Arts de Paris and Le Fresnoy, she holds a PhD in visual arts developed between PSL University (SACRe program) and the Sensory Ethnography Lab (Harvard University).

    Her films JOURNEY TO A LAND OTHERWISE KNOWN (2012) and AEQUADOR (2011) were part of a series around exoticism, where political history, ecology and science-fiction intertwined. These works were mainly shown in art event and venues (Guggenheim NY, Videobrasil, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento, Centre Pompidou, Palais de Tokyo, FRONT Triennial…).

    In 2012, she started a series on "ethnographic fictions”, hyphenated forms in-between visual anthropology and experimental documentaries. SOL NEGRO (2016), LA LIBERTAD (2016), JENY303 (2018) and THE LABYRINTH (2018) are the main pieces of this series. Awarded at the Locarno Film festival, FIDMarseille, Doclisboa, Fronteira Film festival and MIDBO (Colombia), these films were also part of the official selections of the Toronto Film Festival, the New York Film Festival, Cinéma du Réel, Torino, FICUNAM, La Habana, among others. Recent focus on her work have been held at TIFF Lightbox, the Flaherty Seminar, London´s ICA and Chicago´s SAIC.

    Selected Filmography