Epicentro is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, ‘utopian’ Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. Oscar-nominated director Hubert Sauper explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana in order to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.
Director: Hubert Sauper
Producer: Martin Marquet, Daniel Marquet, Gabriele Kranzelbinder, Paolo Calamita
Cinematographer: Hubert Sauper
Editor: Hubert Sauper
KGP Filmproduktion GmbH, Little Magnet Films, Groupe Deux
World Cinema Documentary Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival (2020); Best Austrian Film at Viennale (2020)
Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel, Austria. He then lived in Great Britain, Italy, the USA, Tanzania, Congo and South Sudan. His ‘homebase’ has been France since the mid-90s. He studied film directing in Vienna and Paris. Sauper’s socio-political and poetic films have won over 50 major international prizes, among them awards at the Venice Film Festival, the Berlinale, Sundance, the French (César), Austrian and European Academy Awards. His documentary Darwin's Nightmare (2004) was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary category in 2006. As an actor he has performed in several shorts and two feature-length films.
Kisangani Diary (1998); Alone With Our Stories (2000); Darwin's Nightmare (2004); We Come As Friends (2014); Epicentro (2020)