A journey upstream the Amazon River where Modernist constructions have been abandoned like the memories of an engulfed civilization of the future. Aequador is a science-fiction documentary evoking the colonization of nature, former utopias in Latin American forests, and their cohabitation with the present.
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Jan 28, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Colonial Crime Scenes
With Anna Zett and Laura Huertas Millán in conversation after the screening
Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia, 2011, 19 min
THIS UNWIELDY OBJECT
Anna Zett, Germany / USA, 47 min
In the trans-genre film This Unwieldy Object dig sites become crime scenes, and fossils turn into characters, determined to play a main part in the violent history of the American Frontier. You follow the protagonist on a road trip into the dusty heart of the USA, where fossil traders, sculptors and scientists are trying to reconstruct the plot of natural history, the plot of progress. The story ends in the middle.
JOURNEY TO A LAND OTHERWISE KNOWN
Laura Huertas Millán, Colombia, 2011, 23 min
In a film, meeting a strange tribe often starts with the plunging view from a building necessary to the journey. The architecture of Jean-Pierre Secq dubbed the noise of the waves washes over us in this way. However, to open it, the construction was massive and still, unfolding the three concrete wings of this equatorial greenhouse in Lille. This essay on the conquest of America assumes its own contradiction, underlined by a montage of texts by colonisers: Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Hans Staden, Jean de Léry, Charles de la Condamine and the use of costumes and masks inspired by Brazilian modernism. The discovery of a new world conducted in slow motion listening to the minutes of an unlikely trial of the invaders. The most restrained of movements, surplus, to make the most of rediscovering the New World.
Anna Zett is an artist and writer, born in Leipzig, living in Berlin. Once trained in theory, she is now using screen, voice, story and movement to connect experience and imagination.
Laura Huertas Millán, also known as Arturo Lucía, is a Colombian-French filmmaker and artist.
Her latest film Sol Negro (2016) weaves a hyper realistic auto-ethnographic fiction where individuals of her family play their own role in past and present tense around the issue of mental illness. The film premiered at FIDMarseille 2016 and was awarded a Grand Prix Special Mention in the French competition; it was also awarded a Grand Prix Honorable Mention at Doclisboa 2016 where it internationally premiered. The film will be part of the Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American cinema 2017 at the Lincoln Center in New York.
Her previous short films draw from the ethnography imageries and propose decolonializing surrealistic tales in between facts and fiction. Her films have screened in cinema festivals (Torino, Ficunam, Curtas Vila do Conde, Tampere, Winterthur, Videobrasil, Bienal de la Imagen en Movimiento) and art venues (Guggenheim NY, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires, LABORAL Gijón, Lugar a Dudas, Villa Arson…)
Film Society of Lincoln Center
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