A Flower in the Mouth is a film diptych about time running out and how to live through the days that remain. The first act, filmed as an observational documentary in the world’s largest flower market, follows millions of bouquets transiting through a cavernous refrigerated hangar to be sold at auction, an industrial process at once both beautiful and terrifying. The film transitions to fiction in a second act freely adapted from a Pirandello play. A man with a flower-shaped tumour on his lip accosts a traveller in an all-night café. Their seemingly mundane conversation becomes a metaphysical monologue as the man, feeling death approach, clings to life by scrupulously observing its activity, watching reality in every detail, as if to fill the gap between himself and the rest of the world.
The Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen was founded in 1985 as a non-profit producing and exhibiting platform for emerging practices in contemporary art. Today it can be described as the smallest of the larger institutions for contemporary art or – conversely – the largest of the smaller art museums in Switzerland. The Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen puts a peculiar focus on video and film based art, and was involved as producer or co-producer of feature films by Sven Augustijnen (Spectres, 2011), Dani Gal (As From Afar, 2013), and video-installations by Hassan Khan, Lawrence Abu Hamdan and Uriel Orlow.
Nurtured by energy, desire and a team bonded by a strong, almost-family spirit, Les films du Worso, created by Sylvie Pialat then joined by Benoît Quainon, has been working with directors from all over the world since 2005. The company has produced some forty feature films for the cinema, winning awards at numerous festivals and receiving more than ten César prizes, as well as a number of fiction and documentary films for television and some thirty short films.