De Humani Corporis Fabrica

De Humani Corporis Fabrica

July 13, 2023

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Panorama: True/False at Ragtag Cinema

Visionary filmmaking duo Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor’s latest is a visceral deep dive into the human body. A tactile exploration of modern medicine and human flesh inside a number of French hospitals with their signature immersive, cinematic approach. Guaranteed to get under your skin.


Presented By

Panorama highlights the full spectrum of the contemporary documentary landscape beyond the festival weekend. Celebrating the True/False ethos and handpicked by the fest's programming team, Panorama focuses on filmmakers who use the non-fiction form to tell their stories in fresh and nuanced ways — and brings a little bit of the magic of the Fest to the rest of the year.

Director(s): Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Year Released: 2022
Runtime: 118 minutes
Country: France
Language(s): In French with English subtitles
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)

Film Reviews

"Much of the film immerses us in an unknowable, unrecognizable world under the skin, without shape, without what Vesalius wanted to show us in the 16th century. It is an uncanny spectacle."

—Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

"De Humani Corporis Fabrica becomes not just tense and flabbergasting but also deeply moving; it gets at the idea of a kind of spiritual and corporeal transference, the knowledge that healing other people’s bodies invariably exacts a toll on one’s own."

—Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times