El Laberinto (The Labyrinth)

21 mins | 2018 | 16mm, found footage, HD | 5.1 | DCP
Spanish | English and French Subtitles


"A journey through memory and ruins (if they are different things) of an old palace, built in the image and likeness of the Dynasty TV show, deep in the Colombian jungle. Shot on 16mm, and following up on the heritage of experimental ethnography, the Colombian Laura Huertas Millán approaches in El laberinto the vestiges of the splendor of the drug business, to enter a hallucinatory mental journey." Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria

"A notorious drug lord leads the viewer on a tour of the bloodstained Colombian jungle and a most curious architectural landmark: an exact replica of the villa from ’80s soap opera Dynasty. Seamlessly intercutting enigmatic clips from the show with original 16mm landscape imagery, this revealing ethnographic study bridges an uncanny pop-historical divide." Projections, New York Film Festival

"The Labyrinth speaks to the syncretism of contemporary Colombia, where the disaster of narcocapitalism coexists with enduring precolonial relations to the world, creating an accord between the violence of the drug wars, the violence of European conquest, and possibilities of survival and resistance against both." Erika Balsom, Speaking into Being: The Ethnographic Fictions of Laura Huertas Millán

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Locarno Festival - Pardi di domani Best Direction Prize
Bogoshorts – Best experimental short film
Bogoshorts – Best editing, all genres
Bogoshorts – Best script, all genres

Cinema Festivals
Locarno Festival 2018
Toronto International Film Festival, Wavelengths 2018.
New York Film Festival, Projections 2018.
Viennale 2018.
Rotterdam International Film festival 2018.
Mediacity Film Festival 2018.
ZINEBI 2018.
Frontera Sur 2018.
AntofaDocs 2018.
FicValdivia 2018.
Stockholm International Film Competition 2018.
Camden International Film Festival 2018.
Wexner Center for the Arts, Unorthodocs 2018.
Festival Biarritz Amerique Latine 2018.
Videonnale 2019.
European Media Art Festival 2019.
Frames of Representation (ICA London), 2019.
Crossroads, San Francisco Cinematheque, 2019.
San Francisco Film Festival 2019.
Hamburg Short Film Festival 2019.
Curtas Vila do Conde 2019.

Within Retrospectives
Festival Internacional de Mar del Plata 2018.
”Ethno-fictions by Laura Huertas Millán”, Harvard Film Archive, 2019.

Le chant du printemps (solo show), Malakoff, France.
Bordes de la Cotidianidad, Banco de la República, Bogota, France.
AFIAC, Tarn, France.

Press links:
Artforum, Leo Goldsmith: Swiss Watch, Leo Goldsmith at the 71st Locarno Film Festival
AOC, Mathilde Villeneuve: L’image-tiers de Laura Huertas Millán
Nos hacemos un cine, Miguel Martín: El Laberinto (Laura Huertas Millán, 2018)


Written & directed by
Laura Huertas Millán

Cristóbal Gómez

Image, sound, editing
Laura Huertas Millán

Sound edition
Laura Huertas Millán, Guillaume Couturier

Sound mix
Olivier Guillaume

Color Correction
Evy Roselet

Laura Huertas Millán - Studio Arturo Lucia

With the support of
Département de la Seine-Saint-Denis
Salon de Montrouge
maison des arts - centre d´art contemporain de Malakoff
Abattoirs (FRAC Occitanie, Tolouse), AFIAC (Fiac)