2001-2010DocumentaryExperimentalGary TarnUnited Kingdom

Gary Tarn – Black Sun (2005)

Black Sun tells the story of Hugues de Montalembert, a French artist and filmmaker living in New York, who was blinded during a violent assault in 1978.
In telling the story of this unique man and his extraordinary reaction to a life-changing trauma, Tarn has created an expressionist film whose power lies in visualising a world from the perspective of the blind de Montalembert.
Part- survivor’s testimony, part- philosophical meditation on the nature of perception, BLACK SUN is a celebration of life that makes us see the world anew.

This is a documentary with a strong visual signature. The director supports Montalembert’s narrative with vivid colorful images. As a spectator you, may often get the feeling that you are seeing through the subject’s eyes (Montalembert is blind indeed, but still has a very visual way of experiencing the world, as we learn). Montalembert’s hands are briefly visible during a scene where he tells a funny anecdote about loosing 14 written pages from his manuscript, Other than that, he is only present by voice and narrative. All of this works very well, I think.

1.28GB | 1h 12m | 714×572 | mkv




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