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Human Flowers of Flesh

Helena Wittmann
Germany, France 2022
106 min

Portugal, Brazil, Germany, Serbia, Algeria, Greece: the crew of the boat “Don du Vent” come from all around the world. At one point, Ida, the only woman on board, gives the list of countries to a man who doesn’t so much come from some other place as from a different fictional world. His name is Galoup, he is played by Denis Lavant, and if there were not enough hints before, this is the moment when Helena Wittman explicitly reveals that she owes inspiration to BEAU TRAVAIL by Claire Denis, another enigmatic parable about postcolonial masculinity.
The expedition Ida leads across the Mediterranean sea to Africa and to the Legion Étrangere only provides the barest thread of a narration in HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH. In essence, this film is a stunningly photographed, almost abstract collection of layers of purely elemental experiences at sea, on the sea and in the sea – and a lucid attempt at discovering traces of history in a landscape that evokes ancient myth as much as cinephilia, modernity as much as its transcendence. (Bert Rebhandl)

In the presence of Helena Wittmann and Angeliki Papoulia.

Helena Wittmann: WILDNIS (2013, K), 21,3°C (2014, K), DRIFT (2017)

  • Angeliki Papoulia
  • Ferhat Mouhali
  • Gustavo de Mattos Jahn
  • Ingo Martens
  • Mauro Soares
  • Vladimir Vulevic
  • Steffen Danek
  • Nina Villanova
  • Denis Lavant
  • Helena Wittmann
  • Helena Wittmann
  • Nika Son
  • Helena Wittmann
  • Anna Ostby
Fünferfilm, Tita Productions


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