LA FLOR (PART 3)
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 3) consists of the film's fourth, fifth, and final, sixth episodes. The fourth episode revolves around a film director who's working with four actresses on a film called "La araña" ("The Spider"), which is in its sixth year of filming. The director now wants to make a film about trees, but even this project proves to be difficult. Might his four actresses be witches? And to what extent does the story of Casanova play a part in the relationship of director to actress? Episode five is filmed in black and white, in homage to Jean Renoir's A DAY IN THE COUNTRY. The final episode is a silent film about four women who, after having been held captive for years in the desert by Indians, finally return to civilization. Then come the longest credits in the history of film.
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.