Metrograph Pictures

Duet for Cannibals
Duet for Cannibals
Director: Susan Sontag
1969 / 105 / DCP
Cast: Adriana Asti, Gösta Ekman, Lars Ekborg

Upcoming Bookings
May 13 | The Loft Cinema, Tucson, AZ
June 21 | Chicago Filmmakers, Chicago, IL

New Restoration

Essayist, novelist, critic, cinephile, and all-around intellectual dynamo Sontag made her directorial debut with this definition-defying, dryly funny psychological serio-comedy, the result of a Swedish studio’s invitation to her to make a film in Stockholm. The result, revolving around the quadrangular relationship between an arrogant ex-revolutionist German intellectual exile, his elegant wife, their Swedish student secretary, and the earnest secretary’s bride-to-be, is a roundelay of partner-swapping that gradually drifts towards uncharted territory, gamesmanship that broaches the surreal and violent. Defying literal-minded interpretation, Duet for Cannibals is both an illustrative companion to Sontag’s criticism, and introduction of a startlingly original filmmaker.

Previous Bookings
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Buffalo, NY
Metrograph, New York, NY
Camera Obscura Fifth Annual Report, Petaluma, CA
Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
Ryder Film Series, Bloomington, IN
Doc Films, Chicago, IL
The Roxie, San Francisco, CA
Northwest Film Center, Portland, OR
Austin Film Society, Austin, TX
Harvard Film Archive, Cambridge, MA
Cleveland Cinematheque, Cleveland, OH
Guild Cinema, Albuquerque, NM
Time & Space Limited, Hudson, NY
Northwest Film Forum, Seattle, WA
Nightletter, Philadelphia, PA
Alamo Drafthouse, Denver, CO
Union Cinema, Milwaukee, WI
UCLA Film & Television Archive, Los Angeles, CA
Veggie Cloud, Los Angeles, CA
Duke University, Durham, NC
Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH
FilmBar, Phoenix, AZ