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Wednesday 17 October, Cinema 1, 12:00
Director Mariano Llinás introduces the 800-plus minute La Flor as being for and about four actresses from Piel de Lava, one of Argentina’s most acclaimed theatre companies, and the wonderfully diverse roles they play are central to a film whose storylines explore notions of disguise, duplicity and illusion. But La flor is also a project about the nature of film itself. Moving across different genres and styles, from the B-movie, musical and spy thriller to the film-within-a-film, silent movie and quest narrative, Llinás succeeds in weaving together a mosaic of witty and ambitious tales that transport the viewer across countries, languages and time periods. With excellent performances from its expansive cast and an inventive score by Gabriel Chwojnik, this is visionary cinema of the highest order.