DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Black Hole

Black Hole

A dark room. The focus is on a woman’s relaxed face. The cherry-red lips are starting to move. The eyes are closed. In trance, a young Indian woman slips into her earlier incarnations – for example the role of a liberal man who fought for equality and freedom. While her body seems to fade into the black background, her re-experience becomes clearer and more visual.

Trupti Jayin, a well-known hypnotherapist in Kolkata, uses the image of the black hole for her patients. If they dare make the leap into the dark nothingness, they may be able to enter more deeply into their subconscious, find or even come to terms with repressed memories. In India’s colonial history, though, the so-called “Black Hole” has a different meaning. The eponymous 18th century prison where some British soldiers died is still regarded as a historical blind spot today, where myth and reality have become indistinguishable. The French filmmakers Emmanuel Grimaud and Arnaud Deshayes go in search of traces in the subconscious to confront the ghosts of the past there. In private and in public. Because in addition to the hypnotherapy sessions, we follow a group of ghost hunters who chase the restless souls through the dark alleys and empty houses of the West Bengali capital.

Julia Weigl


Original Title: Black Hole Country: France Year: 2019 Language: Bengali, English, Hindi Subtitle: English, French Runtime: 69 min. Format: DCP Color: Colour Director: Arnaud Deshayes, Emmanuel Grimaud Producer: Giulia Olivieri, Fabrizio Polpettini Cinematographer: Arnaud Deshayes, Emmanuel Grimaud Editor: Arnaud Deshayes, Emmanuel Grimaud, Gabriel Gonzalez Sound: Mikaël Barre Script: Arnaud Deshayes, Emmanuel Grimaud

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