Human Flowers of Flesh

A gentle drift through various levels of time and story-telling: In Helena Wittmann’s new film the sea plays a major role. Ida (Angeliki Papoulia) lives with her five-person crew on a sailing ship. When she encounters the Foreign Legion in Marseille, she is confronted by a closed, masculine world and decides to follow its tracks across the Mediterranean. Via Corsica, where the Legion’s largest regiment is based, her quest takes her to the Algerian city of Sidi-Bel-Abbes, which served as the Legion’s headquarters until Algerian independence in 1962. On the journey, borders and facts blur, whilst life at sea calls for a particular kind of mutual understanding. (Filmfest Hamburg)

Director's Filmography (Selection)
Human Flowers of Flesh (2022) - Ada Kaleh (short, 2018) - Drift (2017) - 21,3°C (short, 2014) - Wildnis (short, 2013)
Tribute 2023
Helena Wittmann
Germany / France 2022
106 minutes
English / French / Portuguese / Serbo-Croatian / Tamazight
OV with English subtitles / OV with German subtitles
Screenplay Helena Wittmann
Cinematography Helena Wittmann
Editing Helena Wittmann
Sound/Sounddesign Nika Son
With Angeliki Papoulia, Vladimir Vulevic, Ferhat Mouhali, Gustavo de Mattos Jahn, Mauro Soares, Steffen Danek, Ingo Martens, Nina Villanova, Denis Lavant
Producer(s) Frank Scheuffele, Karsten Krause, Julia Cöllen, Christophe Bouffil, Fred Prémel, Julie Aguttes
Fünferfilm, Tita Productions
World Sales
Austrian Rights
World Premiere
Locarno Film Festival 2022