De humani corporis fabrica

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

France, USA, Switzerland 118 min Catalan premiere Documentary


Five centuries ago, the 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 the cinema. 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.

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Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor collaborate as filmmakers at the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University. Their films and installations have been screened at festivals such as AFI, BAFICI, Berlin, CPH:DOX, Toronto and Venice, and are part of the permanent collections of MoMA and the British Museum. Their film Leviathan received the FIPRESCI Prize in Locarno and Caniba won the Special Jury Prize in Venice, among many other accolades.

Filmography: De humani corporis fabrica (co-directed, 2022, D'A 2023), Caniba (co-directed, 2017), Somniloquies (co-directed, 2016), Ah Humanity! (short film, co-directed, 2015), Still Life (short film, co-directed, 2013), Leviathan (co-directed, 2012)

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Film information

Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Script: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Contact: Vitrine Films
Country: France, USA, Switzerland
Year: 2022
Format: DCP
Length: 118 min
Language: French
Subtitles: Spanish
Edition: 2023


De humani corporis fabrica