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Official Trailer for Mariano Llinás' Monumental 14-Hour Film 'La Flor'

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July 26, 2019
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La Flor Trailer

"An astonishment." Grasshopper Film has unveiled an official trailer for an intriguing cinema project titled La Flor, made by Argentinian filmmaker Mariano Llinás. A decade in the making, La Flor is a 14-hour long film (yeah, seriously) that is being shown in four parts. La Flor "robs" the cinema in six episodes. Each episode corresponds to a cinematographic genre. The first is a "B-series", as the Americans used to do. The second is a musical melodrama with a hint of mystery. The third is a spy movie. The fourth is an abyss of cinema. The fifth revisits an old French film. The sixth speaks of captive women in the 19th century. These six episodes, these six genres have one thing in common: their four actresses. Starring Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. This is really only for die-hard cinema nerds who feel the need to sit through it, because 14 hours is a bit much - even if it does look cool. It premiered at the Buenos Aires Film Festival, then at the Locarno, Toronto, Vienna, and the New York Film Festival last year.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Mariano Llinás' La Flor, direct from Grasshopper's YouTube:

La Flor Poster

La Flor Poster

A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s La Flor is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge viewing. The director himself shows up at the start to preview the six episodes that await, each starring the same four remarkable actresses: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. Overflowing with nested subplots and whiplash digressions, La Flor shape-shifts from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction—all of them without endings—to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece that lacks a beginning (granted, all notions of beginnings and endings become fuzzy after 14 hours). An adventure in scale and duration, La Flor is a wildly entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction that lands somewhere close to its outer limits. La Flor is directed by Argentinian artist / filmmaker Mariano Llinás, of the film Extraordinary Stories previously and numerous short films. This premiered at the Buenos Aires Film Festival last year. Grasshopper will open Llinás' La Flor in select US theaters (split into four parts) starting August 2nd at the Lincoln Center in NYC. For more info, visit the official website.

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3 Comments

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I think the only thing noteworthy about this is that it's 14 hours. That trailer didn't sell me on this. That music sounded like it was composed on a MIDI from HELL! And no dialogue? Just these random scenes....with awful music touting that it's 14 hours? Gonna have to do better to sell me on this. Also, I guarantee these six films will not be consistent. Some will be better than others. Think of films and their sequels. It's a rare thing that the sequels are better than their predecessors. A+ for ambitiousness and originality, but I'll wait for someone else to sacrifice their time to see if it's worth it.

THE_RAW_ on Jul 26, 2019

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Good thing trailer was shorter. Not that it was bad, but it could say something more. And, the whole thing could be watched as a series, not as a whole. Maybe it's good, but it's hard to know from this ...

shiboleth on Jul 26, 2019

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Well, I'm no nerd and have no intentions of ever being one...but I am and have been for many decades a serious observer of all that is cinema. I appreciate great works by real artists that have integrity and intelligence who create and present meaningful films. Having said that, I have no interest in viewing a work that is 14 hours in length. I admire this man's attempt here, but it also might be a bit indulgent to say the least. Good luck to him. I've also never heard of the guy or his films so there's that to consider also when even thinking of committing to a 14 hour piece of work.

thespiritbo on Jul 26, 2019

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