During a 56th New York Film Festival Directors Dialogue, Mariano Llinás discussed the vision and process behind his singular, wildly inventive epic La Flor, which skips across a multitude of genres over the course of its fourteen hours. Watch the full conversation in the player above.

His new film opens this Friday exclusively at Film at Lincoln Center, with Llinás and actress Laura Paredes in person at the 6:30pm screenings of Part 1 on August 2 and Part 2 on August 3.

See all four parts for a discounted rate of $20 for members & students / $25 for seniors, persons with disabilities, general public. The discounted rate will automatically be reflected in the check-out process once all four parts have been added to your cart. Get tickets here.

Part 1 (203m) & Part 2 (188m) screen August 2-8. Part 3 (205m) & Part 4 (207m) screen August 9-15.

A decade in the making, Mariano Llinás’s follow-up to his 2008 cult classic Extraordinary Stories is an unrepeatable labor of love and madness that redefines the concept of binge-viewing. The director himself appears at the start to preview the six disparate episodes that await, each starring the same four remarkable actresses: Elisa Carricajo, Valeria Correa, Pilar Gamboa, and Laura Paredes. Overflowing with nested subplots and whiplash digressions, La Florshape-shifts from a B-movie to a musical to a spy thriller to a category-defying metafiction—all of them without endings—to a remake of a very well-known French classic and, finally, to an enigmatic period piece that lacks a beginning (granted, all notions of beginnings and endings become fuzzy after 14 hours). An adventure in scale and duration, La Flor is a marvelously entertaining exploration of the possibilities of fiction that lands somewhere close to its outer limits. An NYFF56 selection. A Grasshopper Film release.