Human Flowers of Flesh (Dir. Helena Wittmann, 2022)
Date: May 4, 2023
Location: 2220 Arts + Archives
Address: 2220 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Co-presented by Rotations and MUBI
Conversation with Helena Wittmann and Nina Menkes (Queen of Diamonds, Brainwashed) to follow the screening!
After a stirring encounter with the French Foreign Legion, Ida (Dogtooth’s Angeliki Papoulia), 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 (Beau Travail's Denis Levant) makes an about-face.
In her spellbinding follow-up to the critically acclaimed Drift (which screened at Acropolis in 2019), Helena Wittmann invites us to relinquish control and join her on a Mediterranean voyage unlike any other.
In person: Helena Wittman and Nina Menkes
A meditative gem.
Sophie Monks Kaufman, Indiewire
A towering, teetering and exquisitely-wrought puzzle box.
David Jenkins, Little White Lies
Wittmann’s daring second feature is a gorgeously immersive, fluid work of cinema.
James Lattimer, Sight and Sound
Captivating... wholly indicative of [Wittmann's] tendency towards vitality and imagination over finitude and separation.
Laura Staab, MUBI Notebook
[Wittmann's] cinema radiates a certain mythical grandeur... in that, [Human Flowers] feels both ancient and novel. It’s a film whose visual experiments invite one to see the world anew.
Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage