La Flor (Parte 2)

  • 313'
  • Argentina
  • 2018

We pick up in the middle of a story about four French-speaking female spies (actresses from the Piel de Lava theatre group) as they and their hostage move towards an airstrip where, "somewhere in the eighties, somewhere in South America" they will face their opponents in 'Operation Hercules' for a final showdown at dawn. Before we reach the end of this monumental, almost six-hour, tale we go back in time to see the backstories of the four spies, and travel the world: to Brussels, where their employer Casterman (only one of the many references, here to the publishing house of Hergé's Tintin) has his base; to Berlin; to Russia; and, of course, Siberia.

Driven by Llinás' all-knowing, all-questioning voice-over, the tale is immense, hypnotic, seriously funny, but also deeply moving, leaving the viewer finally pleasantly confused about the plot, but strangely reborn in a belief in the power of storytelling.

Winner Hubert Bals Fund Audience Award, IFFR 2019Also see La Flor (Parte 1) and La Flor (Parte 3).

Director
Mariano Llinás
Country of production
Argentina
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2019
Length
313'
Medium
DCP
International title
The Flower (Part 2)
Languages
Spanish, French, English
Producer
Laura Citarella
Production Company
El Pampero Cine
Sales
El Pampero Cine
Screenplay
Mariano Llinás
Cinematography
Agustín Mendilaharzu
Editor
Agustín Rolandelli, Alejo Moguillansky
Production Design
Flora Caligiuri, Carolina Sosa Loyola
Sound Design
Rodrigo Sánchez Mariño
Music
Gabriel Chwojnik
Cast
Elisa Carricajo, Pilar Gamboa, Valeria Correa, Laura Paredes
Local Distributor
Hubert Bals Fund