The Fabric Of The Human Body


France, Switzerland, USA, 2022, 115'

The story of five hospitals in the northern arrondissements of Paris, told by way of innovative medical technologies of diagnostic imaging that make up a multifaceted portrait of the human body, of the medical profession, and of the French capital. The camera travels with an approach reminiscent of Wiseman along the corridors, from wards to operating rooms up to the morgue, but then it accompanies the probes, the scalpels, and penetrates the flesh, obliging the eye to take active and extreme part in the surgeries as well as to go beyond the limits of the visible and the endurable.

The filmmakers capture the essence of a place in which facing pain, illness, death – the most extreme experiences of the human condition – is part of daily life. Gradually overcoming all boundaries, without ever losing its compositional and rhythmic rigour, the film shows us how human flesh can become an extraordinary landscape that only exists through the gaze and attention of the other.

A reflection on the caring and taking charge of the body on the part of medical institutions which should help us reflect on social reproduction as a theme of our community.

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: 08 Nov 2022
  • Time: 12:30


Cinema La Compagnia
Cinema La Compagnia - Via Camillo Cavour, 50/R, 50121 Florence
Verena Paravel e Lucien Castaing-Taylor


Verena Paravel e Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor collaborate as visual anthropologists in the Sensory Ethnography Laboratory, Harvard University. Their works joined the permanent collections of museums such as the MoMa of New York and the British Museum, and has been exhibited at the Tate Modern, the Whitney Museum of New York, the Centre Pompidou and Berlin Kunsthalle. Their first feature-length together, Leviathan (2012), received the FIPRESCI Award at Locarno Film Festival in 2012. Somniloquies (2016), presented at Berlinale in 2017, was commissioned by documenta 14, along with with Commensal (2017). In 2018 Caniba (2017) won the Special Jury Award at the 74th Venice Film Festival among many other awards. The Fabric of the Human Body (2022), their fourth film, has been selected for the Directors’ Fortnight of the 2022 Cannes Film Festival.

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