“Fiori di Baal” is the first feature film by Florence-
The movie unfolds along a double track. On one side, the everyday life of a botany student; on the other, his oneiric/hallucinatory condition due to the discovery of an ancient book, the carrier of all the effects of an ancestral curse. Things get more complicated with the arrival at the University of a mysterious girl who seems to foresee the two students’ future and to know a terrible secret. How is she involved in this paranormal story? What are Baal’s Flowers?
The student, along with a friend, is caught in a mystery for him to solve, gradually enriched by new details and coups de théâtre. Dream and reality become intertwined, day and night mixed together. Images hang by a thread in-
Temporal linearity often makes way to the kind of cyclic vision found in Shakespeare’s “Macbeth”. When order seems to reestablish itself in the centre of the action, four witches appear acting in a timeless dimension. Dancing around a boiling cauldron, they enjoy sacrificing helpless, zombie-
The viewer’s certainties are intentionally distorted and the alternation between dream and reality envelops this “oneiric thriller” in a fantastic atmosphere where everything is possible but nothing is real.