Film Movement, the North American film distribution company that brings first-run, award-winning independent and foreign films to fans all across the U.S. and Canada, announced today their acquisition of CANNIBAL (Caníbal). The film, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and was named to Cameron Bailey's Mission List of films that will "transform the way people see the world through film," stars Antonio de la Torre (I'm So Excited, Volver) as a meticulous tailor with a savage secret. It will open theatrically in the U.S. and Canada in Q3 2014, followed by a VOD and DVD release.
CANNIBAL, which also played in competition at the San Sebastian International Film Festival, finds its disturbing yet engrossing chills in the unoccupied space of Martin Cuenca's sweeping landscapes and limited dialogue, where the grotesque private work of a prestigious tailor in small-town Granada, Spain is kept mostly off screen. Instead, the film explores the murderer's relationships with the women he kills, particularly that of a Romanian immigrant and the twin sister who comes looking for her.
In a TIFF interview with The Hollywood Reporter (here), Martin Cuenca said of the film, "It's a demon's journey into love. It's the presence of evil in our society. I'm on a journey to go to the essence of things, to the theatricality of film in the best way. Cannibal is a footprint of the times."
The deal was struck on the first day of the Ventana Sur market in Buenos Aires by VP of Acquisitions and Distribution Rebeca Conget, of Film Movement, and by Vicente Casales, Managing Director at Film Factory.
"Manuel Martin Cuenca has established himself as one of Spain's most artistically astute filmmakers, his works consistently evolving in skill and style. In Cannibal, we see a surprisingly thoughtful approach to an otherwise gruesome premise, one we're confident audiences will be as gripped by as we were," said Film Movement's Conget, adding "it is a pleasure to work with Film Factory again, in our first all rights deal with them, and it's an excellent way for us to start off this years's Ventana Sur, a film market that is significantly growing in quality and importance with every passing year."