Sol Negro (Black Sun)
43 mins | 2016 | 2K | Stereo | DCP
Spanish | English and French Subtitles
The title (“Black Sun”) is as evocative of solar eclipse as it is of the “dark spleen” which doctors, all through Antiquity, used to attribute to melancholic and suicidal drives, especially as they affected artists. Here such drives end up striking the existence of Antonia, an opera singer whose dark beauty brings light to the film. Through discreet and elliptical staging, Laura Huertas Millán presents Antonia’s multi-faceted character.
Family bonds are delicately explored not so much for an origin of evil but as a kind of introspective polyphony: the voices of aunt, mother and daughter (the director herself) are heard as she struggles, through fiction, to escape from her family’s fate. Relationships between body and mind, as well as depression and artistic creation, are highlighted through snippets, ongoing questioning and infinite tact. The film gradually spreads some of the poison gnawing at one’s mind and causing stomach aches, slowly releasing melancholia and deep sadness as they flow away from the bodies so closely looked at through words, breath, singing or weeping, and at times even while eating. Breathing in, breathing out: a task much harder than it might seem at first.
The quest for truth unfolds through Antonia’s lifetime, both at times of strength and vulnerability: the soprano is condemned to sing in an empty hall, much like a sun no-one can look at directly without having one’s eyes burned.
Céline Guénot, FIDMarseille catalogue, 2016
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Muestra Internacional de Documental de Bogotá, Best film, National Competition
Fronteira Film Festival 2016, Best short film
Doclisboa 2016, Grand Prix Honourable mention, International competition
FIDMarseille 2016, Special jury mention Grand Prix of the French competition
Best of 2016, Cinemateca Distrital, Bogotá, Colombia.
Carte Blanche to FIDMarseille, Institut Français, Alger, Algeria.
MDFF Selects (presented with TIFF & Cinema Scope), TIFF Lightbox, Toronto, Canada.
Festival International Jean Rouch 2017, Paris, France
MIDBO 2017, Muestra Internacional de documental de Bogotá, Colombia
Festival de cine de Bogotá 2017, Colombia
EDOC 2017, Quito and Guayaquil, Ecuador
Fronteira Film Festival, Short films competition, Goiânia, Brazil
Ficunam 2017, El Porvenir section, Mexico D.F
Neighboring scenes 2017 : New Latin American cinema, Lincoln Center, New York
Cartagena Film Festival 2017, official selection, Colombia
Gijón Film Festival 2016, FICXLAB, experimental section, Spain
Torino Film Festival 2016, Documentary competition, Italy
Doclisboa 2016, International competition, Lisbon, Portugal
FIDMarseille 2016, French competition, Marseille, France
Mutokino distribution, Colombia, fall 2017.
Film Comment, Leo Goldsmith: Festivals: Doclisboa 2016
Sight & Sound Magazine, Michael Pattison: Ghost pictures: five phantom finds at FID Marseille 2016
Kinoscope, Interview with Ela Bittencourt
Brooklyn Magazine, Interview between Lina Rodriguez, Marília Rocha,Laura Huertas Millán and Ela Bittencourt
FIDMarseille, Entretien Nicolas Feodoroff - Laura Huertas Millán