16-29 NOV. 2020
Onsite + Online
Closing film



An immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, "utopian" Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. The end of Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In his latest film, Hubert Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana—particularly its children, whom he calls "young prophets"—to question time, imperialism and cinema itself.


Filmmaker, writer, producer and pilot Hubert Sauper (Kitzbühel, 1966) makes political nonfiction films shot in cinéma-vérité style. He studied film directing at the Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien and the Université Paris 8 and teaches film classes in Europe and the United States. His films include Darwin’s Nightmare (2004), and We Come as Friends (2014). In 2015 Sauper came to l'Alternativa to give a masterclass and to present a retrospective of his work.

⇨ Watch Hubert Sauper's introduction to Epicentro on YouTube.