Reeling: Anhell69

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Reeling: Anhell69
In this stunning first feature, Colombian director Theo Montoya combines documentary, narrative, and essay to create a â??ghostâ? filmâ??one that is haunted by his failed attempt to make a dystopian B-movie a decade before, death, and the hell of living in a repressive societyâ??that becomes a catharsis, finding strength in art and a chosen community. Montoya reflects on his unmade â??Anhell69,â? the loss of many friends, including the intended lead of his earlier project, due to drugs and suicide, and the impossible situation of being queer in Colombia. Decade-old audition footage brings to life again those goneâ??haunting the screen with their presence as Montoya reflects on their importance to him. Newly shot fragments of the film-he-would-have-made feature stark, mysterious landscapes and interiors inhabited by red-eyed phantoms. And Montoyaâ??s own narration is presented as being from beyond, as a recurring car is revealed to be the directorâ??s own â??funeralâ? procession. By crossing multiple genres, time frames, and emotional registers, ANHELL69 powerfully explores the dreams, doubts, and fears of an annihilated generation, but holds out a small hope that all is not lost. Sponsored

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