HUMAN FLOWERS OF FLESH
Directed by Helena Wittmann
2022, 106 minutes
The film follows Ida (Dogtooth’s Angeliki Papoulia), who, after a stirring encounter with the French Foreign Legion sets sail with her own corps of five men, none of whom speak the same language, to trace the route of this fabled troop. Their voyage will take them from Marseille to Corsica and finally to Sidi Bel Abbès, Algeria, the historical headquarters of the Legion. Along the way, boundaries blur. Life at sea produces a special kind of mutual understanding. A legionnaire of yore makes an about-face.
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Festivals & Awards
Official Selection -Locarno International Film Festival
Official Selection - New York Film Festival
"A towering, teetering and exquisitely-wrought puzzle box.""
-Little White Lies
"A meditative gem."
"Wittmann’s daring second feature is a gorgeously immersive, fluid work of cinema."
- Sight and Sound
In her dynamic and entrancing directorial debut, Helena Wittmann takes us on a transatlantic voyage unlike any other, scrambling our senses and inviting us to surrender to the ocean's ever-undulating surface.