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The Duke of Burgundy


The stuff dreams are made of. Creates a spell that had us hypnotized, immersed, and still awestruck. It's the kind of movie that has us falling in love with movies all over again.

— Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist

Presented by Sundance Selects | United Kingdom | Jan 23rd, 2015 | 105 MINS | UR

Sex, bondage, and butterflies: two women explore the extremes of carnal desire in this kinky, deliciously twisted tale of erotic obsession. In a crumbling European estate, butterfly researcher Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen) and her lover Evelyn (Chiara D’Anna) repeatedly enact a sadomasochistic role-playing game, with Cynthia as the stern mistress and Evelyn her subservient sex slave. But as the lines between fantasy and reality begin to blur, and Cynthia grows increasingly uneasy with Evelyn’s insatiable appetite for punishment, their relationship is pushed to the limit. Dripping with dreamlike imagery, Gothic atmosphere, and a lush chamber pop score by Cat’s Eyes, this critically-acclaimed, darkly comic erotic fantasia is a seductive feast for the senses.


  • Peter Strickland


  • Andy Starke

Executive Producers

  • Lizzie Francke
  • Anna Higgs
  • Amy Jump
  • Ildiko Kemeny
  • Ben Wheatley


  • Peter Strickland