Cannibal (2013 film)

Cannibal (Spanish: Caníbal) is a 2013 thriller film directed by Manuel Martín Cuenca. It was screened in the Special Presentation section at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.[1] An international co-production among companies from Spain, Romania, Russia and France,[2] the film was produced by La Loma Blanca PC, MOD Producciones, Libra Film, CTB Film Company LTD and Luminor.[3] Penned by Martín Cuenca and Alejandro Hernández, the screenplay is inspired by Humberto Arenal's novel Caríbal.[4][5]

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Film poster
Directed byManuel Martín Cuenca
Screenplay by
Based onCaríbal
by Humberto Arenal
StarringAntonio de la Torre
CinematographyPau Esteve Birba
Edited byÁngel Hernández Zoido
  • La Loma Blanca PC
  • MOD Producciones
  • Libra Film
  • CTB Film Company LTD
  • Luminor
Release dates
  • 6 September 2013 (2013-09-06) (TIFF)
  • 11 November 2013 (2013-11-11) (Spain)
Running time
116 minutes
  • Spain
  • Romania
  • Russia
  • France


Carlos is a soft-spoken tailor that hides a secret double life as a serial killer. He stalks his prey carefully and carts them off to a remote mountain cabin where he slices them up and takes a bit of their meat home with him to devour later at his convenience. Carlos otherwise lives his life uneventfully until his path crosses with the beautiful Alexandra, who tries to spark off a relationship with him. Shortly thereafter, Alexandra goes missing and Carlos is contacted by Alexandra's twin sister Nina, who believes that Alexandra ran off after stealing money from their parents. Carlos offers to help Nina to a degree that makes her instantly suspicious, but she decides to stay with him because Alexandra's brutish boyfriend is causing trouble. As the film progresses, Carlos finds himself becoming drawn to Nina and eventually he offers to take her to his remote cabin. He decides that he will drug and murder her, but finds himself incapable of performing the task. Carlos tries to confess that he's murdered not only Nina's sister, but also multiple other women and was going to murder Nina as well, but she refuses to believe him. However, as they drive down the mountainside together, Nina deliberately causes a car accident in order to kill them both.


  • Antonio de la Torre as Carlos
  • María Alfonsa Rosso as Aurora
  • Olimpia Melinte as Nina / Alexandra
  • Joaquín Núñez
  • Gregory Brossard as Boyfriend


Critical reception for Cannibal has been mixed. The movie currently holds a 67% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10.[6] Variety gave a favorable review for Cannibal, writing "Sumptuously shot in carefully composed long takes, the film firmly keeps its butchery offscreen, and given its glacial pace and lack of overt sensationalism, it definitely ranks as a niche item — and a rarefied one, at that. But sophisticated arthouse audiences might eat it up."[7]

In September 2014, the film won the Meliès d’Argent for the best European fantastic film at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival.[8]


  1. ^ "Cannibal". TIFF. Archived from the original on 7 August 2013. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  2. ^ Ríos Pérez, Sergio (4 February 2013). "Caníbal: una historia de crímenes y amor en Granada". Cineuropa.
  3. ^ Kaufman, Antony (6 September 2013). "Cannibal". Screen Daily.
  4. ^ "La película 'Caníbal' de Martín Cuenca se proyecta hoy en el Teatro de El Ejido". Diario de Almería. Grupo Joly. 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ "'Caníbal' o cómo dejarse devorar por Antonio de la Torre". 22 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Cannibal (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 17 November 2022.
  7. ^ Scheib, Ronnie. "Film Review: 'Cannibal'". Variety. Retrieved 19 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Fest: 2014 Winners".

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