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Human Flowers of Flesh

OT: Human Flowers of Flesh

Helena Wittmann // Germany, France, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022



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.


HELENA WITTMANN (*1982) graduated in 2014 from the HfbK art school in Hamburg. Her debut feature Drift was shown at numerous festivals worldwide, including at FILMFEST HAMBURG in 2017, and won several awards.



Human Flowers of Flesh

Fiction Feature

English, French, Portuguese, Berber

Große Freiheit//FF2022

Germany, France


106 min

OV with German subtitles

Helena Wittmann

Helena Wittmann

Angeliki Papoulia, Vladimir Vulevic, Mauro Soares, Denis Lavant, Gustavo de Mattos Jahn, Ferhat Mouhali, Steffen Danek, Nina Villanova, Ingo Marten

Helena Wittmann

Nika Son

Helena Wittmann

Nika Son

Anna Ostby

Anna Ostby

Julie Aguttes




Christophe Bouffil, Fred Prémel, Julie Aguttes (Tita Productions, France)

Grandfilm, Patrick Horn: ph@grandfilm.de


ExperimentalFrancophoneWomenHistoryArt & EssayMigration & OriginFemale DirectorsTravelling

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