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November 19, 2018


(Dir. Véréna Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!
Co-presented by La Collectionneuse


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Downtown Independent
251 S Main St
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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A new documentary from the pioneering filmmakers behind Leviathan, Caniba 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. As a  32-year-old student at the Sorbonne in Paris, Issei Sagawa was arrested  on June 13, 1981 when spotted emptying two bloody suitcases containing  the remains of his Dutch classmate, Renée Hartevelt. Two days earlier,  Mr. Sagawa had killed Hartevelt and began eating her. Declared legally  insane, he returned to Japan. He has been a free man ever since.  Ostracized from society, he has made his living off his crime by writing  novels, drawing manga, appearing in innumerable documentaries and  sexploitation films in which he reenacts his crime, and even becoming a  food critic. (Grasshopper)

Mesmerizing. One of the ten best films of the year.

- James Quandt, Artforum

Fearless. Frequently uncomfortable but always fascinating.

- Boyd Van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

I had seen it all. And then I saw Caniba.

- John Semley, The Globe and Mail

You’d have a difficult time finding another film that contains this much fascinating and terrible humanity.

- Dan Sullivan, Film Comment

Paravel  and Castaing-Taylor’s gaze strips Issei’s face of any sensational or  anecdotal references. The long close-ups call for neither moral  judgement nor physiognomic interpretation, but make palpable an extreme  form of desire.

- Zoe Meng Jiang, The Brooklyn Rail

(Available to download after screening date)

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