Black Sun

  • 8.5 10
  • 2005
  • 73min
Black Sun
  • Original Title: Black Sun

Black Sun is a documentary based on the life of filmmaker and painter Hugues de Montalembert who was violently attacked and blinded in New York in 1978.

Black Sun
AWARDS: Winner. CPH:DOX Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival/ Jury Award. Newport International Film Festival/ Special Jury Award. Sarasota Film Festival
OFFICIAL SELECTION: BAFTA Awards/ British Independent Film Awards

Black Sun, The images inside a blind man's mind

When he became blind, visual artist Hugues Montalembert had to learn life again. Basic things like find his way trough the streets of New York, cook his own meal and learn to be patient were some of his most essential challenges. It is curious that he was not left in total darkness. From the beginning of his blindness, his brain began to produce images uninterruptedly, as if he saw a movie in the privacy of his mind.

In Black Sun this psychedelic imaginary permeates director Gary Tarn's proposal to tell Montalembert's transformative experience. The French painter, writer and filmmaker tell us his story while a carousel of images illustrates this impressionist dimension. A constant music accompanies us varying its dynamics as Montalembert changes landscapes and projects, like when he travels alone and blind to countries like Indonesia and India, and the book he writes in Bali about his life.

Production Companies

Passion Pictures

Curated Award-Winning Docs From Around The Globe

Best Documentary Films