Special Jury Prize: Venice Film Festival,
The latest film from Verena Paravel and Lucien Castaing-Taylor, filmmakers and anthropologists in the Sensory Ethnography Lab at Harvard University, who also produced the critically acclaimed documentary Leviathan, Caniba is a powerful film that focuses in disturbingly intimate detail on Japanese cannibal Issei Sagawa.
Now an old man, and in poor health, Sagawa makes for an unpleasant subject, and the filmmakers are careful to distance their work from Sagawa, even as the camera concentrates relentlessly on the texture of the man’s face. Often shot in extreme close-up, Caniba makes for viscerally uncomfortable viewing, a feeling that does not decrease as the film progresses and the nature of the old man’s life and his ongoing relationship with his brother is slowly revealed.
Not merely a film about Segawa but also a film that explores how ‘we’ as viewers respond to its themes, the figure of Sagawa, his transgression, and his physical presence. The sense of the audience’s own relationship to the film becomes a key aspect of the award-winning work.
Sun 8th, 10.30am, Luna Leederville