DARK SUNS by Julien Elie – Opening in Quebec on September 6

Funfilm and Cin ma Belmop n are proud to present Dark Suns, written and directed by Julien Elie, an epic investigation into countless murders in Mexico, sketching a portrait of an entire country transformed into a gigantic mass grave. The film will open starting September 6 in Montr al atCin ma BeaubienCin math que qu b coiseCin ma Moderne, and Cin ma du Parc, and in QuebecCity atCin ma Le Clap. Special screenings hosted by the filmmaker and crew members will take place on September 6, 7 and 8. The theatrical release will be paired with a photo exhibition at Cin ma Moderne.

Dark Suns was presented in some twenty international festivals, where it won several prestigious awards, including the Audience Award in Mexico City (FICUNAM), the Grand Prize for Best Canadian Feature at the Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM), the F:ACT Award in Copenhagen (CPH:DOX), and the Best Movie Award for the Human Rights in Buenos Aires (BAFICI). It will open in more than 30 theatres in Mexico on September 27.

SYNOPSIS

An elusive evil has taken over Mexico. Twenty years ago, the screams of young women echoed in the northern regions of the country, victims of unprecedented misogynistic fury. Behind the volcanoes of the capital, hundreds more suffered the same fate in recent years. Elsewhere, farmers, students as well as travellers disappear from roads while several journalists are gunned down. This climate of impunity opens the door to all abuses, and the entire country lives in terror. Some raise their voices, denouncing and investigating, while others, armed with shovels and trying to avoid ambushes, look for the missing people. As testimonies and discoveries add up, the truth slowly emerges.

NEW TRAILER: vimeo.com/351408272

PHOTO EXHIBITION AT CIN MA MODERNE – Vernissage on Saturday, September 7 at 4 p.m.

The selected photographs are stills from the film. Each one conveys a different aspect of the film — fear and menace, the quest for justice, or the desolate state of Mexico. Placed end to end, these 11 photographs illustrate the journey of those who are looking for a missing loved one and fighting impunity in Mexico.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Friday, September 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Cin math que qu b coise

Screening and Q&A session, with filmmaker Julien Elie and crew members in attendance

Saturday, September 7 at Cin ma Moderne

Vernissage of photo exhibition at 4 p.m. + Screening at 5 p.m., with film crew in attendance

Sunday, September 8 at 3 p.m. at Cin math que qu b coise

Screening and Q&A session, with filmmaker Julien Elie and editor Aube Foglia in attendance

For more information: bit.ly/SoleilsNoirs v nements

About the filmmaker

Born in Montreal, Julien Elie made his film debut with a short fiction film, Jusquiame Noire, still unfinished. After staying in Rwanda in 1997 alongside Croatian priest Vjeko Curic, who was murdered a few months later, he directed Celui qui savait, a film investigation on political crimes in the region. At the end of the ‘90s, he corresponded with death-row inmate Farley C. Matchett, and shot in 2002 Le dernier repas, a journey into the heart of Huntsville, Texas, the death penalty capital of the United States. At the end of his thirties, he lost his way in a blizzard, from which he got out several years later, ending up somewhere in Mexico. He then wandered in search of an abandoned hotel in the mountains of Michoac n, where Luis Bu uel went to write his scripts. It is perhaps from the top of those cliffs that emerged the canvas of Dark Suns.

DARK SUNS

Quebec, 2018, 154 minutes, Black and White, Original Spanish version with French or English subtitles

Written by JULIEN ELIE | Directed by JULIEN ELIE | Cinematography: ERNESTO PARDO, FRAN OIS MESSIER-RHEAULT | Editing: AUBE FOGLIA | Sound: DANIEL CAPEILLE, GABRIEL VILLEGAS, BERNARD GARI PY STROBL | Original Music: MIMI ALLARD | Production Manager: AMAIA ALDAMIZ | Line Producer: RICHARD BROUILLETTE | Producer: JULIEN ELIE | Production: CIN MA BELMOP N | Distribution: FUNFILM DISTRIBUTION

OFFICIAL WEBSITE: cinemabelmopan.com/darksuns

Facebook: facebook.com/SoleilsNoirs.film

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