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Caniba

Panorama | Documentaries

"Caniba is a film that reflects on the discomfiting significance of cannibalistic desire in human existence through the prism of one Japanese man, Issei Sagawa, and his mysterious relationship with his brother, Jun Sagawa. Rather than taking cover behind facile outrage, or creating a masquerade out of humanity’s voyeuristic attraction to the grotesque, as has been the case for the multitude of journalistic representations of Issei Sagawa, we try to treat cannibalistic desire and acts with the unnerving gravity they deserve… Unlike the countless journalistic articles on Sagawa, with their predictable moralistic pieties about the irredeemable heinousness of his crime, in which it is impossible to discern the vulnerable, disturbed human being behind the grotesque public persona he is carted out to perform, in our film we see Issei-san seeking vainly to come to some kind of moral reckoning with his act… The film is set in his small home on the outskirts of Tokyo, and depicts his daily life, and long conversations with his brother Jun-san. Issei-san suffered from a stroke a few years ago, is an ailing diabetic, and his brother Jun is his principal carer. As the film proceeds, the complexity of their relationship slowly emerges (it is one of intimacy and jealousy, and of resentment and rivalry) with an almost Shakespearean intensity, until Jun finally tries to upstage him."—Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor

Warning: Viewer Discretion Advised

Country of Origin: USA/France
Year: 2017
Running Time: 96 mins
Format: DCP
Producer: Valentina Novati, Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Cinematographer: Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Editor: Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor
Production Company: Norte Productions / S.E.L
Print Source: Norte Productions

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