Reel to Real: Black Sun

Reel to Real Cinema returns for 2022 in the new, and slightly improved slot of the *first* Friday of the month, and we’re easing our way into the year with this thoughtful and striking documentary film following artist and filmmaker, Hugues de Montalembert in an exploration of a life without vision.

About the Film

Black Sun | Gary Tarn | 2005 | 75minutes | English

BAFTA nominated for The Carl Foreman Award for Special Achievement by a British director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film.

While living in New York, painter and filmmaker Hugues de Montalembert fell victim to a random attack causing him to be permanently blinded. Gradually, de Montalembert learned to come to terms with his loss of sight and discovered a rare ability to create an internal visual world. He eventually started to travel again –alone – documenting his travels in a series of books. Black Sun deals with loss, perception, memory and faith.

Combining de Montalembert’s audio narrative with stunning visuals, the film articulates the immediate and longer-term consequences of the attack as de Montalembert reflects on his perceptions of the world. Black Sun is a poetic cinematic meditation on an extraordinary life without vision.

Based on the best selling writing of Hugues de Montalembert, directed by acclaimed composer Gary Tarn and Executive Produced by Alfonso Cuarón , director of ‘Y tumamá también’.

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