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The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy

The Duke of Burgundy

2014 / 104min / DCP

DIRECTOR: PETER STRICKLAND

CAST: CHIARA D'ANNA, SIDSE BABETT KNUDSEN, KATA BARTSCH, MONICA SWINN

Q&A with Peter Strickland, moderated by Joshua Rothkopf

Strickland’s third feature is a darkly comic story of lesbian love and lepidoptera set on a remote estate, where butterfly researcher Cynthia and companion Evelyn (Sidse Babett Knudsen and Chiara D’Anna) wile away the hours in elaborate games of mistress and servant, their routine disturbed as dom Cynthia grows uncomfortable with sub Evelyn’s boundless gluttony for punishment. Exploring the quotidian side of kink, the lush and otherworldly The Duke of Burgundy locates some uncomfortably relatable truths about long-term relationships against an exotic fairy tale backdrop. “An act of cinephiliac homage that transcends pastiche to become its own uniquely sensuous cinematic object.”—Variety