The main shoot wraps on Helena Wittmann’s Human Flowers of Flesh
- Angeliki Papoulia and Denis Lavant are among the cast of the upcoming feature by the German filmmaker
In mid-September, Helena Wittmann, whose debut feature, Drift [+see also:
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The film will centre on Ida, a woman in her forties, who lives with a crew of five on a sailing yacht. During shore leave in Marseille, the French Foreign Legion attracts Ida’s attention, and she sets herself a new goal: to travel across the Mediterranean to the Algerian town of Sidi Bel Abbès, the Legion’s headquarters until the country gained its independence in 1962.
“On their journey, Ida and her crew do not only break through geographical borders. The past is reflected in the present, different languages seek a common ground, bacteria and fungi penetrate the film material, and social hierarchies are reshaped. With every passing day of the journey, the different layers of narration become increasingly interwoven. The film traces connections and conditions that describe our present and therefore takes an example from the sea. As the origin of all life, the sea contains all information about it, but in the constant transition from one state to the next, it can never be determined,” read Wittmann’s description of the project for FID Marseille’s FIDLab in 2019, in which Human Flowers of Flesh also participated.
Greek actress Angeliki Papoulia, known for her roles in Yorgos Lanthimos’ Dogtooth [+see also:
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The movie is being produced by Frank Scheuffele, Karsten Krause and Julia Cöllen for German outfit Fünferfilm, and by Christophe Bouffil for Marseille-based French co-producer Tita Productions. Grand Film will distribute the feature in Germany.
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