Life is a dream for Octavio and Gilda. Residing on Brazil scenic waterfront coast, the rich-as-all-hell couple spends their non-work hours sipping fancy drinks, basking in the sun, and eating the finest of meats. The only problem? That’s human meat, pulled from the bodies of young, financially strapped victims that Gilda lures into their home. They’re part of a secret society of wealthy flesh-eaters, all of whom answer to a charismatic yet dangerous leader. And when Gilda starts getting cold feet about eating, well, cooked limbs, she and Octavio’s marriage, as well as their lives, are put in jeopardy.
The goriest satire of 2018 so far, Brazilian up-and-comer Guto Parente’s THE CANNIBAL CLUB is the best kind of, pun intended, food for thought, a razor-sharp indictment of classism that’s also raucous and viscera-laden. Politically charged and gruesomely shocking, it’s proof that horror remains the best channel through which to bomb the hierarchical system. —Matt Barone
Guto PARENTE (1983, Brazil) is an independent filmmaker, educated in Film at Escola Pública do Audiovisual de Fortaleza. He was a member of Alumbramento, an artists’ collective and production company in Ceará, Brazil, until 2016 and is now part of Tardo Filmes in Fortaleza. Parente made several short films, amongst which Dogs are Said to See Things (2013) and The Mysterious Death of Pérola (2014). In het past he has regularly directed films in collaboration with Pedro Diógenes, Luiz Pretti and Ricardo Pretti, films that are mainly situated in Brazil. Parente’s Inferninho (2018), a co-direction with Pedro Diógenes, and the independently made The Cannibal Club (2018), are both world premieres in Rotterdam.
Director Name: Guto Parente Cast: Tavinho Teixeira, Ana Luiza Rios, Pedro Domingues Producer: Ticiana Augusto Lima Screenwriter: Guto Parente Year: 2018 Runtime: 81 minutes Country: Brazil Language: Portuguese