Zeit der Kannibalen Trailer
Who knew the Germans could do dark comedy? And Zeit der Kannibalen is as wickedly dark as it comes.
Öllers and Niederländer are two travelling business consultants working for the mysterious “Company”. But they wouldn’t know or care about the people their work affects, as they never leave their hotels, content to sit back, pick the blood from their claws and await the holy grail of becoming partner. When Bianca, a young new consultant, appears and informs them that another colleague was promoted instead, the shock is brief – before we learn that the new (and never seen) partner has mysteriously jumped to his death.
The carnage plays out on an expertly designed series of sets: only furniture and staff vary to indicate a change of and and the exact same set of grey blocks represents the cities that the cannibals have come to destroy.
At times dispensing with political correctness to get a greater point across, Naber directs a strong cast with enough hints of humanity to make sure the chasm between us and them doesn’t yawn too deeply, with a primal score setting a frenetic pace that never loses steam as all three characters careen towards an extremely satisfying and appropriate end.
Zeit der Kannibalen | Directed Johannes Naber (Germany 2013) with Sebastian Blomberg, Devid Striesow, Katharina Schüttler, Starts May 22
Originally published in issue #127, May 2014.