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Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

De humani corporis fabrica

Edition 2022
117' - 2022 - Documentary - Dialogue: French
Director: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel
Anthropologist-filmmakers Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor explore the human body in their high-tech update of anatomy study De Humani Corporis Fabrica. A visually striking blend of documentary and science fiction.
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 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.
"De humani corporis fabrica escorts us on a whirlwind tour of various Parisian hospitals and specialist units as seen through the shallow-focus eye of a tricked-out endoscopy camera. (…) Paravel and Castaing-Taylor locate a uniquely cinematic quality to the footage." - Little White Lies

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Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel


Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel

Director of Photography

Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Verena Paravel


Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor


Pauline Gygax, Max Karli, Valentina Novati

Production studios

Norte Productions

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Countries of production

Switzerland, France




Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Sweetgrass (2010), Leviathan (2012), Still Life (short, 2013), Ah Humanity! (short, 2015), Caniba (2017), Somniloquies (2017), De humani corporis fabrica (2022)
Verena Paravel
Foreign Parts (2009), Leviathan (2012), Still Life (short, 2013), Ah Humanity! (short, 2015), Somniloquies (2016), Commensal (2017), Caniba (2017), De Humani Corporis Fabrica (2022)

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