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thumbnail The Duke of Burgundy (2014, Denmark)

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Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Chiara D’Anna, Kata Bartsch, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Monica Swinn, Zita Kraszkó
Genre: Drama
Duration: 104 mins

Filmed in Hungary amid crumbling mansions and overgrown forests and taking its name from a species of butterfly, director Peter Strickland conjures a lush Utopia populated entirely by women in his wondrous erotic study. The typical household consists of a pair of lovers who are also a gentle female scientist and her dutiful maid. Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) belong to such a mŽnage, and the film is principally concerned with the exploration of their sexual practices and domestic routines. There is the hint of a plot. but what gives it momentum is the audience’s gradual discovery of the dynamic between the two women, a daily cycle of ritual and release involving the waning and waxing of affections and the threats posed to bliss by jealousy and boredom.

Screening Date: 15-May-16

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