Austria / France / United States 2020, 107 min, English and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
Times are changing in Cuba, for the umpteenth time in its history, and Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) is there to document everything with tender precision. Seen through his eyes, Havana looks beautiful, neglected, mysterious, and almost enchanting—a perfect backdrop for a population slowly waking up from years of ideological manipulations at the hands of conquerors, communist and capitalist alike.
As he walks through the city’s crumbling slums and decadent luxury hotels, he tries to find the secret of the Cuban spirit—the resources that allow these people to survive their powerful US neighbor’s repeated and ongoing attempts to shape Cuba and bend it to its will. He finds his answers when he talks to locals and gathers some particularly surprising insights from children. The film won the World Cinema Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival.
With the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum.
Previous Festivals: Sundance