LA FLOR (PART 1)
If all of international cinema were a garden, this film would be one of the wildest flowers in bloom. LA FLOR by Mariano Llinás and El Pampero Cine, a collective he co-founded, sprawls into every imaginable genre, evokes the magic of cinema and at once dismantles it, spills over madly during the course of six episodes, and allows itself 14 hours in which to do this. FILMFEST MÜNCHEN is showing these six episodes of LA FLOR in three screenings (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) at two cinemas. The screenings themselves are broken up by 15-minute intermissions, so that you can catch your breath between episodes. Four lead actresses comprise the thread that runs through this large-scale project, appearing again and again in different roles.
LA FLOR (PART 1) includes the first and second episodes of the film. Mariano Llinás has filmed Episode 1 in the style of a B-movie horror film. An Indio mummy is delivered to four archaeologists at their institute in the Argentine boondocks. It soon becomes apparent that the mummy has evil magical powers. Episode 2 tells the story of a singing couple and their assistant in the style of a musical comedy. The couple has separated, but is to get back together for the sake of a song, which sets in motion a relationship drama devoted to melodrama. Meanwhile, their assistant is caught up in a completely different story: she belongs to an international gangster syndicate that pursues very unusual interests.
Meet the director
Filmmaker, scriptwriter, producer, and actor Mariano Llinás was born in Buenos Aires in 1975. He is the brother of Argentinian actress Verónica Llinás. He received his education at Argentina's Universidad del Cine, where he currently teaches. In 2002, he co-founded El Pampero Cine, an experimental producers' collective. Llinás's work includes BALNEARIOS (2002), EXTRAORDINARY STORIES (2008), TRES FÁBULAS DE VILLA OCAMPO (2011), and PAULINA (2015). LA FLOR (2018) is his most recent film project and his most ambitious to date.