A Flower in the Mouth is a film about time running out and how to live through the days that remain. The first act, filmed in the world’s largest flower market, follows millions of bouquets transiting through a cavernous refrigerated hangar to be sold at auction, an industrial process at once beautiful and terrifying. The film transitions to fiction in a second act freely adapted from a play by Luigi Pirandello about a man with a flower-shaped tumour on his lip who accosts a traveller in an all-night café. Their seemingly mundane conversation becomes a metaphysical monologue as the man, feeling death upon him, clings to life by scrupulously observing its activity, tracking reality in every detail, as if to fill the gap between himself and the rest of the world. The man is played by Oxmo Puccino, the customer by Dali Benssalah •

A Flower in the Mouth 2021
Colour, 5.1 sound, 1:1.85
1 h 07