The sea is Ida’s home – only one woman among five other men on a ship. Searching for fleeting and secretive traces of the Foreign Legion, time passes slowly, dilating into an existential drift.
An unclear feeling looms over an eclectic crew wandering the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. Is it numbness? A trance? Ominousness? Human Flowers of Flesh compiles fleeting thoughts, myths and traces of history in a slow odyssey whose references to the Foreign Legion invoke Claire Denis’ Beau Travail. Idleness and prolongation give forth a form of slow cinema that incites almost hallucinatory images, as time is dilating into a lyrical mirage cluttered with foreign languages and spaces. The feeling of expectation and the lengthy, seemingly aimless journey spawn tensions hard to verbalise, yet Helena Whittmann’s film obsessively returns to the ocean as a fountain of familiarity. (Dora Leu, BIEFF 2022)
Helena Wittmann (b. 1982, Neuss) is a filmmaker and visual artist based in Hamburg. Her films, among them her debut feature film Drift (2017), have been shown internationally at film festivals (including Venice Int. Film Festival, Toronto Int. Film Festival, Int. Film Festival New York, Int. Film Festival Rotterdam, Int. Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Viennale, FID Marseille) and received several awards. She has been teaching at Hamburg Academy of Fine Arts between 2015–2018 and worked as mentor at Elias Querejeta Zine Eskola in San Sebastian. Besides for her own films she is also responsible for the cinematography for other directors and artists such as Luise Donschen, Adnan Softic, Philipp Hartmann.
Living alone in Paris after the recent death of a friend, Audrey moves through the days without any clear motivation or sense of purpose so she begins a video correspondence with two fellow filmmakers.
Voids. Abstract visuals. Tender portraits of all kinds of bodies before the camera. Landscapes of a sensuous Madeira. Super Natural inspires and reaches for connection, looking inwards as much as outwards for a collective sense of belonging to the world.
Three men venture into the noise and chaos of La Paz in search of a temporary means of subsistence. A big-hearted old woman, a wandering healer and the entire population of the city's markets are helpless witnesses to the three men's struggles.
The sea is Ida’s home - only one woman among five other men on a ship. Searching for fleeting and secretive traces of the Foreign Legion, time passes slowly, dilating into an existential drift.
Up to where can obsession lead you? Meek Eva grows a mysterious horsetail as she struggles to create foley sounds for a commercial featuring a horse. Her new tail brings liberation as she finds herself on a journey of self-discovery and experimentation.
As a coltan miner and a hacker find each other in a dystopic future, their mutual feelings of dissonance and dissent become song. The natural world and the virtual one collide in hypnotic visuals, giving birth to an Afro-futuristic musical of politically charged splendour.