De humani corporis fabrica (2022) © Norte Productions
De humani corporis fabrica (2022) © Norte Productions
De humani corporis fabrica (2022) © Norte Productions

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De humani corporis fabrica

The Fabric of the Human Body

Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel | France, Switzerland, USA | 2022 | R18+

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The abject horrors and hidden beauty of the human body are revealed through a series of confronting surgical procedures.

Much of the film immerses us in an unknowable, unrecognisable world under the skin

Peter Bradshaw (Guardian)

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.

Curator's Note

Using medical-grade image capture equipment alongside more traditional video cameras, directors Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel take us on an edge-of-your-seat journey of the human body. For the more squeamish amongst us, De humani corporis fabrica plays out like a visceral horror film, but when the horror subsides, and it barely does, the film reveals its unique beauty and a profound musing on life, death, and our own vulnerabilities.

De Humani Corporis Fabrica premiered in Director's Fortnight at the 75th Cannes Film Festival.

Format: DCP
Language: French with English subtitles
Source: Madman Entertainment
Courtesy: Madman Entertainment
Runtime: 115 mins

Event duration

115 mins



Contains high impact surgical scenes and nudity. Restricted to viewers aged 18 and over.


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