2020 Sundance Docs in Focus: EPICENTRO

EPICENTRO | Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Hubert Sauper

EPICENTRO
Hubert Sauper offers a meditation on postcolonial Cuba.

Festival Section:
World Cinema Documentary Competition

Country:
Austria/France/USA

Sundance Program Description:

Waves crashing over a breakwater at the edge of the sea – this dramatic opening image conveys the vital spirit of a place that has withstood decades of external pressure. On the streets of Havana, residents of all ages share their views on living under such impositions by outsiders, as well as on the internal freedom they experience in spite of the repercussions of harsh sanctions. Descriptions of the waves of imperialism that have shaped this country’s history provide a deeper understanding of the impact of long-term oppression and the powerful desire to exist without outside forces weighing in.

Academy Award-nominated director Hubert Sauper (DARWIN’S NIGHTMARE) explores contemporary perspectives from citizens of the golden isle accompanied by images of another time – reflecting how Cuba still sits partially frozen in time, delicately suspended between the modern era and a time before technology seeped into all facets of life. A visual meld of geopolitical, cinematic, and personal connections, EPICENTRO enchants and suggests a new perspective on an old world.

Some Background:

Director/Editor/Writer:

  • Hubert Sauper
    Past Sundance docs:

    WE COME AS FRIENDS

    Sauper picked up a special jury prize for cinematic bravery for his previous doc at Sundance, which went on to be shortlisted for the Oscars.

Producers:

  • Martin Marquet

    Marquet is a film publicist and producer. He previously co-produced 2016 Sundance alumni fiction feature DARK NIGHT.

  • Daniel Marquet

    Marquet is a French film industry veteran who has held executive positions at Studio Canal, Unifrance, The Movie Group, and Polygram. This is his first Sundance credit.

  • Gabriele Kranzelbinder
    Past Sundance docs:

    WE COME AS FRIENDS

    The Vienna-based Kranzelbinder also co-produced 2007 Sundance alumni fiction feature EZRA and 2004 short FAST FILM.

  • Paolo Calamita

    This is the first Sundance credit for the Little Magnet Films’ producer, who previously produced several films by Jem Cohen.

Executive Producers:

Co-Executive Producers:

  • Jenny Raskin
    Recent past Sundance docs:

    SHOOTING THE MAFIA
    BISBEE ’17
    OF FATHERS AND SONS
    OUR NEW PRESIDENT
    WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR
    BENDING THE ARC
    DINA
    ICARUS
    STEP
    UNREST

    Raskin is the executive director of Impact Partners. She also serves as executive producer for SPACESHIP EARTH, US KIDS, and GIVING VOICE.

  • Agnès Mentre
    Past Sundance docs:

    WHERE IN THE WORLD IS OSAMA BIN LADEN? (2008)

    Mentrem former head of acquisitions at Miramax, also executive produced Sundance alumni fiction features WIND RIVER, LAY THE FAVORITE, SILENT HOUSE, and THE EXTRA MAN.

Why You Should Watch:
As in his previous work, Sauper takes an idiosyncratic approach in his latest film, presenting a portrait of Cuba by exploring myth-making through cinema, as well as via the viewpoints of present-day residents – and the encroachment of the outside world through the gaze and privilege of tourists.

More Info:
For Sundance screening dates and times, click the film title in the first paragraph.

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