Archive of films Cannibal / Caníbal

Spain / Romania / Russia / France
2013, 117 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2014

Carlos is a tailor who, despite his extraordinary talent, makes the most of the city’s convenient anonymity: his veneer of respectability conceals a serial killer who feeds exclusively on human flesh. Carlos’s feelings towards his new female neighbour, however, gradually hinder his desire to make her his next victim.


Carlos is a quiet, inconspicuous inhabitant of the Andalusian city of Granada. Thanks to his unique talent as a tailor, he enjoys the respect of important members of the local community. Yet behind the mysterious and reclusive exterior of a man leading a largely solitary life hides a cold-blooded killer, who selects his female victims, carves them up and eats their flesh. His meticulous routine, however, starts to fall apart when a new neighbour moves into his apartment block. She arouses fascination in him not only as a potential victim, but also as a kindred soul for a heart in sudden turmoil. This disturbing film distinguishes itself by its ability to deftly cultivate the nuances of Carlos’s emotional transformation. The exquisite, precise shots, awarded a Goya for Best Cinematography, also succeed in revealing the perversity and menace of the repeated acts. Enhanced by its convincing acting performances and original grasp of the theme, the film makes for compelling viewing.

About the director

Manuel Martín Cuenca

Manuel Martín Cuenca (b. 1964, Almería, Spain) finished college and began in film as an assistant director on Spanish productions. He began making his own features and documentaries eleven years later. His directing debut The Weakness of the Bolshevik (La flaqueza del bolchevique, 2003), about a romance between an adult man and an underage girl, was screened at the San Sebastian IFF. There he also screened his second film Hard Times (Malas temporadas, 2005), which focuses on the problems associated with contemporary Madrid society. Half of Oscar (La mitad de Óscar, 2010) tells the story of two siblings who are reunited after many years apart. Cannibal is his fourth feature. Cuenca has won a series of film awards; he teaches at university and has written several books on film.


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca
Screenplay: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Alejandro Hernández Díaz podle románu / based on the novel by Humberto Arenal
Dir. of Photography: Pau Esteve Birba
Editor: Ángel Hernández Zoido
Producer: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Fernando Bovaira, Simón de Santiago, Alejandro Hernández Díaz
Production: La Loma Blanca P.C., Mod Producciones
Coproduction: Libra Film, CTB Film Company Ltd, Luminor
Cast: Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte, Alfonsa Rosso
Contact: Film Factory Entertainment

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