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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #73. Helena Wittmann’s Human Flowers of Flesh

Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2022: #73. Helena Wittmann’s Human Flowers of Flesh

Human Flowers of Flesh

In what sounds like a cerebral high stakes at sea, Helena Wittmann‘s promising sophomore feature concluded filming in October of 2020 but wasn’t rushed into a prime 2021 film festival slot. Wittmann’s 2017 debut Drift premiered in Critic’s Week at the Venice Film Festival and Human Flowers of Flesh was featured in Locarno’s The Films After Tomorrow program (2020) for productions halted by the pandemic. Starring Angeliki Papoulia, Denis Lavant, Vladimir Vulevic, Mauro Soares and Gustavo Jahn this will likely set sail soon.

Gist: Ida (Papoulia) lives on a sailing yacht with a crew of five men. While on shore leave in Marseilles, she becomes fascinated with the French Foreign Legion and decides to sail to Sidi Bel Abbès, the Legion’s former headquarters in Algeria.

Release Date/Prediction: We thought this was dropping in 2021, but now we’re inclined to think that the Berlinale Comp might be a good festival launching pad.

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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