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  • Dirs. Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor
  • France
  • 2023
  • 118 min.
  • NR
  • DCP

In French with English subtitles

  • Assistive Listening
  • Subtitled
  • Hearing Loop

Five centuries ago, anatomist André Vésale opened up the human body to science for the first time in history. Today, DE HUMANI CORPORIS FABRICA opens the human body to cinema. Shot in several French hospitals over a number of years with a specially designed camera, this film by Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor (LEVIATHAN, SWEETGRASS) is an unprecedented cinematic immersion into the human body. It reveals that human flesh is an extraordinary landscape that exists only through the gaze and attention of others. As places of care, suffering and hope, hospitals are laboratories that connect every body in the world.

“A phantasmagorical journey… An eye-opening film…. Through these directors’ eyes, these bodies look wondrous and unsettling, macabre and beautiful, and often uncannily unfamiliar.” Nicolas Rapold, Critic’s Pick, New York Times

"An astonishing dive into the human body. A real-life FANTASTIC VOYAGE. Remarkable. It left this writer with a deeper understanding of the proverbial, universal self — and maybe with what it means to be human." —A.A. Dowd, Digital Trends

"Extraordinary... Digs deep into the human body and opens up landscapes as otherworldly—and harrowing—as any you're likely to see. The result is a work of purest corporeal poetry...and a remarkably unvarnished, sympathetic portrait of doctors and nurses at work." — Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times

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