Italy, Belgium


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 coexistence 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.
(Leonardo Bigazzi)

Director's Statement

FLOWERS BLOOMING IN OUR THROATS is a cinematic poem in response to the worldwide pandemic of 2020. It was filmed on 16mm kodak reversal film on location in Brussels (Belgium) in July 2020. FLOWERS BLOOMING IN OUR THROATS portrays particular visual representations of domesticity, playfulness and tension through various gestures and the manipulation of daily objects. It features the hands of my lover, myself, family members, close friends and fellow artists based in Brussels. My intention was to investigate the notion of home as a place of contradiction and ambiguity - a space where one should feel safe, and experience comfort, while at once, it is also where one can be invaded and abused. With an intimate approach to filmmaking, I work intuitively and improvisationally. In the editing, I play with the repetition of images, creating visual sequences and accidental similarities in order to induce free associations. I see gestures as containers forever spilling over, encouraging imagination, bringing the viewers into a state of increased sensitivity to their everyday lives, everyday actions. In general, I’m interested in the relationship of what we perceive and what we know.

Director's Biography

Eva Giolo is an artist working across film, video, and installation. Her work has been exhibited at Sadie Coles HQ in London, WIELS in Brussels, MAXXI in Rome, GEM in the Hague, BOZAR in Brussels, M HKA in Antwerp, Kunsthalle Wien, Palazzo Strozzi in Florence and major film festivals like Rotterdam, Viennale, FIDMarseille, Cinéma du Réel. She is a founding member of the production and distribution platform elephy.

2016 - GIL
2016 - REMOTE

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Eva Giolo

Written by: Eva Giolo

Produced by: Leonardo Bigazzi

Cinematography: Eva Giolo

Editing: Eva Giolo

Sound Design: Simonluca Laitempergher

Nominations and Awards

  • Short Film Candidates 2021