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July 25–31, 2014

Chicago Premiere


Film still: Cannibal Film still: Cannibal Film still: Cannibal


Best Director
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Adapted Screenplay
Cinema Writers Circle
Awards, Spain
Best Cinematography
Best Film
Best Director
Best Actor
+4 other awards
Goya Awards, Spain
"A beautifully composed character study, superbly played by Antonio de la Torre, which, like the best noir, is both chilling and moving"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"A minimalist thriller, a story of love and pain, stripped of veneer and yet controlled and refined"
"Nothing is wasted—no word, no image, no sound. Every element is blended together to create individual scenes that come to feel like stand-alone photographs, leaving viewers both captivated and even ultimately feeling compassion for the anti-hero"
  —Village Voice
3 stars½ "Sumptuously lensed... The film's slow deliberation and aesthetic rigor act as a form of seduction, luring the viewer into unwilling identification"
  —Chicago Tribune

In the sleepy city of Granada, a mild-mannered tailor and secret cannibal unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his latest prospective victim, in director Manuel Martín Cuenca's disturbing yet intoxicating tale of bizarre romance.

Carlos (Antonio de la Torre) works as a tailor in Granada, where he lives alone and rarely interacts with anyone beyond his clients. No one would imagine that this shy and respectable tradesman is actually a murderer and a cannibal, remorselessly targeting Eastern European women who have no papers and filling his freezer with their flesh. When Nina, a beautiful young immigrant from Romania, comes looking for her missing twin sister, she awakens in Carlos a kind of love he had long since denied for himself. As their relationship builds, based on secrets and deception, Nina's pure innocence will become undeniable, even by Carlos, a man driven by his dark secret.

Borrowing many elements from film noir, Cannibal interrogates one of society's greatest taboos through a romance that questions the nature of love and the outer limits of forgiveness, contemplating all the while the old adage that love conquers all, in this tale of loneliness and longing.

Directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France, 2013, 116 mins. In Spanish and Romanian with English subtitles.


  • Fri., July 25 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sat., July 26 at 2:30, 4:45, 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Sun., July 27 at 1, 3:15, 5:30 & 7:45 pm
  • Mon. & Wed.–Thurs., July 28 & 30–31 at 7 & 9:15 pm
  • Tues., July 29 at 9:15 pm
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