Peter Strickland | United Kingdom 2014, 101 minutes
The grainy voluptuousness of the images and the sighing languor and exquisite décor in which these characters dwell conjure an atmosphere of pseudo-aristocratic post-’60s grind-house Euro-sex.
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Day after day, Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) act out a simple yet provocative ritual that ends with Evelyn’s punishment and pleasure. As Cynthia yearns for a more conventional relationship, Evelyn’s obsession with erotic spells quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to a breaking point.
Dripping with eroticism and dread, The Duke of Burgundy is a darkly decadent melodrama from Peter Strickland, the award winning writer and director of Berberian Sound Studio (2012) and Katalin Varga (2009).
Director: Peter Strickland
Producer: Andy Starke
Distribution: Madman Entertainment
Unrated 18 +
The Duke of Burgundy was the winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival, and The Wouter Barendrecht Pioneering Vision Award at the Hamptons International Film Festival.
Screening: Saturday 25th July @ 7pm