A funeral car cruises the streets, a corpse is being driven through the city of Medellín – political uprisings, personal footage, sex, intimate interviews – dragging us in its claws, locking us in its dark coffin. This nihilist short-living archive of Colombian youth transforms the trauma of lost ones into an imaginative drama of relationships between ghosts, riots, drag queens, fashionistas and all.
Developed out of the director’s debut short film “Son Of Sodom”, which we have shown at XPOSED in 2022, ANHELL69 dreams of the so-called “cinema of the non-believes, of those who don’t belong anywhere”. The young queer scene of Medellín is cast for the film, but the main protagonist dies of a heroin overdose at the age of 21, just like many friends of the director. ANHELLl69 explores the dreams, doubts and fears of an annihilated generation, and the struggle to carry on making cinema.
by Theo Montoya
Colombia, Romania, France, Germany, 2022