Filmed in 16mm just after the lockdown caused by COVID-19, FLOWERS BLOOMING IN OUR THROATS is an intimate, poetic portrait of the fragile balances that govern everyday life in a domestic setting.

The artist films a group of her friends in their own homes, performing various small actions in accordance with her instructions. Giolo chooses to walk a shifting line where gestures remain symbolically ambiguous, expressing a kind of violence that is not immediately recognizable. Hands try to support or escape, but also to grip or strike, in a subtle interweaving of sounds and references that adds to the viewer’s sense of tension and unease. A dialogue of gestures, made up of repeated visual sequences where time is marked by the spinning of a small toy top, as unstable and precarious as the balance of a relationship.

The artist repeatedly uses a red filter on her lens, creating a conceptual device that relies on an element of abstraction to conceal and transfigure the image. The mechanical insertion of the filter over the lens thus becomes the simulation of a violent act, immediately changing the way we perceive and remember an action we have seen before.This co-existence of opposites can also be found in the title, which metaphorically suggests how the beauty of a natural phenomenon—and implicitly, love – can turn into a suffocating force.

Text by Leonardo Bigazzi

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Eva Giolo

Cinematography: Eva Claus, Eva Giolo

Editing: Eva Giolo

Sound Design: Simonluca Laitempergher

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2021