Short film by Bernardo Zanotta
Production: near/by film
WILD FRUITS is a historical farce created around Michel de Montaigne’s essay, Of Cannibals. The film portrays a period of Montaigne’s life in the 1500s with his fictional servant, Jean. Their story is told from Jean’s perspective, against the backdrop of the French religious wars and colonial expansion; moving through different film genres, exploring the frictions between theatrical and cinematic modes, and tensions between the domestic and feral.
The film is the third volume of Zanotta’s Cannibal Trilogy: three experimental works which draw reference to the shared history between cannibalism and homosexuality.
Heart of Hunger, the first volume, won a Silver Leopard at the International Short Competition of the 71st Locarno Film Festival and is now screening in festivals and venues in Europe and abroad. The second volume, In His Bold Gaze, is currently in release.