Private Project

Les fleurs du mâle

"The mysterious creature, Salma, realizes that being herself has repercussions on her life and that she will never be accepted as she is. So she decides to ask the creatress of this world for mercy." The film was shot in super 8 in-camera edited. It was inspired by the letter sent by Charles Baudelaire to the Empress Eugenie after being censored and fined for his book "Les fleurs du mal". The reason of the condemnation: offense to public morals and good manners as well as offense to religious morality.

  • Hadi Moussally
  • Hadi Moussally
  • Hadi Moussally
  • Olivier Pagny
  • Salma Zahore
    Key Cast
  • Olivier Pagny
    D.O.P. & Post-production
  • Louise from Scratch
  • Fabien Ghernati
    Assistant Director
  • Geoffroy Peret
  • h7o7
  • Regard Indépendant
  • Metl L Film
  • La ville de Nice
    With the support of
  • Le conseil départemental des Alpes Maritimes
    With the support of
  • Kodak
  • Andec Filmtechnik
  • Family Movies
  • Color City
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Experimental, super 8
  • Runtime:
    3 minutes 49 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
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    Super 8
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  • Image + Nation 2023
    June 22, 2023
  • Regard Indépendant 2022
    November 25, 2022
    "Audience Award" Winner
Director Biography - Hadi Moussally

Hadi Moussally was born in Lebanon in 1987.
By age 18, he decides to go study film direction in France where he acquires a first master’s degree in “Fiction Cinema” from Paris-Est Marne la Vallée University. Moussally then chooses to take on a complementary masters in “Documentary and Anthropological Cinema” from Paris X Nanterre University, in the course of Jean Rouch. In that respect, Hadi Moussally acquainted himself with reality-cinema. The anthropological and documentary approach accustoms him with the sense of keen observation of his subjects and alerts him to the importance of instantaneous shooting; whereas his fictional background gives him the urge of creating sensual, esthetically pleasing imagery universes.
From 2012, Hadi Moussally shifts towards the world of fashion and directs several experimental films some of which received various distinctions in festivals. In 2014 he made his first documentary on the end of his grandmother's life, and in 2016 a docu-portrait on a senior model. In 2018 he completed an experimental project on albinism "Positive" whose photos have been exhibited at the UNESCO, the City Hall of Paris and Beirut Art Fair as well. In 2015 he founded the production unit H7O7 whose main objective is to enable the making and promotion of films and photos with "hybrid" vocation where is privileged the mixture of genres between experimental, documentary, fashion and fiction. His films have been awarded worldwide and have received more than 45 awards and 300 selections in international festivals. In 2020, he founded the collective “Hybrid Wave” with around 30 hybrid artists from around the world.

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