In 1981, Issei Sagawa was arrested in Paris while trying to get rid of the body of one of his classmates from the Sorbonne, who he had murdered and devoured. Declared mentally unfit, he returned to Japan a free man and still expresses his desire to eat human flesh. A documentary, winner of the Orizzonti Award in Venice, that delves into the intimacies and complex psyche of the cannibal.


Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

They have built a joint filmography within the framework of the Sensory Ethnographic Laboratory at Harvard, with documentaries as fascinating and daring as Leviathan (12) or somniloquies (17). 

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FRANCE. 2017 (90 min)

DIRECTORSVerena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

PRODUCERSValentina Novati, Verena Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor

WITHIssei Sagawa

Edition: 2017
Section: Official Fantàstic Competition
Original language: Japanese, French