EPICENTRO
EPICENTRO
EPICENTRO
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Epicentro

Hubert Sauper
Austria, France 2020
108min
OV w/ GER subtitles & OV w/ EN subtitles
V'20

Hubert Sauper’s new film EPICENTRO is a pained, at times ecstatic, often quietly ironic look at what’s become of the complex national project of independence, equality, and social progress that comprises contemporary Cuba. Sauper roams Havana’s streets, hops on for rides with jaunty European tourists, chats up locals, and follows children, whom he calls “little prophets” in the credits. He thus weaves a contemporary Iliad that takes stock of utopian dreams and permutations of contemporary imperialism, mostly seen through Cubans’ eyes. There’s an irresistible, melancholy beauty in Sauper’s images and in the evocative soundtrack, but also a darkness. Tourism emerges as a plague that deepens oppressive attitudes, rather than a means of encountering the Other or an economic boon. Sauper’s film is all the more poignant and pointed because we enter it through the history of cinema: Children watch films as part of an art program; they bridle at lies in American films about the American-Spanish War, but also dream of acting, glossy foreign magazines, Florida, and Disney. In this sense, as Sauper comments in the voiceover, “the industrial cinema that is produced in Hollywood won the war.” Cinema, as both a dream and an empire’s tool, makes images that invade our minds. (Ela Bittencourt)

In the presence of Hubert Sauper, Gabriele Kranzelbinder and other members of the team.

Hubert Sauper: WER FÜRCHTET SICH VORM SCHWARZEN MANN? (1989, K), PIRATEN IN Ö. (1990, K), ON THE ROAD WITH EMIL (1993, K), SO I SLEEPWALK IN BROAD DAYLIGHT (1994), KIS- ANGANI DIARY (1998), ALONE WITH OUR STORIES (2001, TV), DARWINS NIGHTMARE (2004), LAISSEZ-LES GRANDIR ICI! (2007, Episode), WE COME AS FRIENDS (2014)

Credits
  • Hubert Sauper
  • Hubert Sauper
  • Yves Deachamps
  • Hubert Sauper
  • Hubert Sauper
Groupe Deux, KGP Films, Little Magnet Films

Cargo Film & Releasing LLC

Stadtkino Filmverleih
DCP
Farbe
Sun 25 Oct
17:30
Gartenbaukino
OV w/ GER subtitles
Mon 26 Oct
15:15
Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus
OV w/ GER subtitles
Tue 27 Oct
11:00
Urania
OV w/ EN subtitles
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