Chicago European Union Film Festival: MAN BITES DOG


THEATER 1 Sun, Mar 3 1:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:1992
Production Country:Belgium
Original Language:French
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Benoît Poelvoorde
Rémy Belvaux
André Bonzel
Cast:Benoît Poelvoorde
Jacqueline Poelvoorde-Pappaert
Valérie Parent
Édith Le Merdy
Jenny Drye


In this brutal mockumentary the activities of serial killer Ben are recorded by a willingly complicit documentary team while he terrorizes cities across Belgium and philosophizes about the state of the world. One of Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films, MAN BITES DOG controversially won the International Critics’ Prize at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival, stunning audiences with its cynical and unflinching satire of media violence. In 2010, critic Scott Tobias wrote that upon its release, “Most of the arguments centered on whether it should even exist…today, it doesn’t look like provocation for provocation’s sake; it’s a thoughtful, evergreen thesis on documentary 'reality' and the grotesque distortions of the movie camera.” Content consideration: NC-17 version presented, includes depictions of graphic violence and sexual assault. Print Courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.