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Black Sun

Sol Negro

Directed by Laura Huertas Millán
Colombia, France, 2016
Short, Documentary
  • Spanish
  • English
Ethnographic Fictions: Spotlight on Laura Huertas Millán

Synopsis

Like the black sun of an eclipse, Antonia is a lyrical singer of exuberant and dark beauty. 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. May they reunite once again?

Our take

The work of Colombian-French artist Laura Huertas Millán moves gently across disciplines, defying categorization. We’re proud to present two of her self-termed “ethnographic fictions,” starting with Black Sun, a mysterious and immersive inquiry into despair, family bonds and female resilience.

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Critics reviews

Made in affiliation with Harvard’s Sensory Ethnography Lab but bearing few of its stylistic hallmarks, Black 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.
December 07, 2016
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[The director] confidently withholds a lot of information from her viewers. But her rigorous retention of a tonal ambiguity, through spatially distant but optically claustrophobic camera set-ups, is quietly riveting.
July 21, 2016
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