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Human Flowers of Flesh
Upon the seas of the Mediterranean sails a strange ship manned by nothing more than a captain, Ida, and her five sailors. Without a determined course, the ship and its crew merge with the water, the wind and the sun, sculpting shapes and figures over time that oscillate between materiality and imagination. Arriving on the shores of Marseille, the song of the sirens of the French Legion breaks out, and its colonialist and patriarchal mythology seduces with the charm of a world in putrefaction that will not finish dying. The enigma of these militaristic legends beckons the boat, which follows its trail from Marseille to Sidi Bel Abbes, in Algeria, as it flows silently in the sea, far from the mundanities of life on earth and immersing itself in a hypnotic ceremony, in an intense trance under the sun. Little by little, the limits between lucidity and reverie begin to blur
Helena Wittmann was born in Neuss, Germany, in 1982. She directed such shorts as 21,3º C (2014) and Ada Kaleh (2018, 33rd Festival), as well as the feature Drift (2017). Between 2015 and 2018, she taught at Hamburg’s Academy of Fine Arts. She was cinematographer in films by Luise Donschen, Adnan Softić and Philipp Hartmann.