Journey to a Land Otherwise Known

  • Colombia
  • France
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The story of A journey into Earth Otherwise Said is inspired from the first accounts of the natural and ethnographic explorations in America by the Conquistadors, the missionaries and scientists. The film is entirely shot in the Tropical Greenhouse of Lille, a building constructed in 1970 by Jean-Pierre Secq, a sort of reinforced concrete botanical Crystal Palace. The architecture and the plants of this closed place are used as narrative supports for an initiatory journey. As in a sort of philosophical tale, between the pastiche of the travel diaries and a " jungle movie ", the film makes us penetrate the night of an exotic « elsewhere ». The greenhouse becomes the theater of a rain forest, presenting the speech of an "explorer" and his visions: odd animals and masked women. It is a free reflection on the conquest of America and the images that it engendered.


  • Original title
    Journey to a Land Otherwise Known
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Laura Huertas Millan
  • Dir. of Photo.
    Pukyo Ruiz de Socomurcio
  • Editing
    Laura Huertas Millan
  • Music
    Laura Huertas Millan, Nicolas Verhaeghe, Simon Lebel
  • Sound
    Laura Huertas Millan, Simon Lebel
  • Duration
    23 min (16-30 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Colombia
    • France
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
    • FIDMarseille 2012
    • Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid 2012
    • Videobrasil 2013
    • Tampere Film Festival 2013
    • Docs en courts 2013
    • Panorama of Colombian Cinema 2013
    • Rencontres Sud Americaines 2013
    • Miradas sobre el cine Colombiano y de America del Sur 2013


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