NYU’s Department of German and Deutsches Haus at NYU present a screening of Hubert Sauper's Epicentro (Little Magnet Films, 2020) and a conversation with the filmmaker. This event is co-presented with the Yale Film and Media Studies Program.
Directed by Hubert Sauper. Produced by Groupe Deux, KGP Films, Little Magnet Films.
A/F 2020, 108 minutes, in Spanish and English with English subtitles.
From world-renowned documentarian Hubert Super—director of Sundance winner We Come as Friends and the Oscar-nominated Darwin’s Nightmare—comes Epicentro, an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba in the aftermath of the 1898 explosion of the USS Maine. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire and neo-colonialism. Simultaneously, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda.
In Epicentro, Sauper explores a century of interventionism, cycles of myth-making, and the extraordinary people of Havana—particularly its children, whom he calls “young prophets”—to interrogate time, imperialism, and cinema itself.
About the participants:
Hubert Sauper was born in Kitzbühel, Tyrolian Alps. After spending his childhood in Austria, he lived in Great Britain, the USA, Tanzania, Congo, and South Sudan. His “home base” since the mid '90s has been France, and he has studied directing in Vienna and Paris (at the University of Performing Arts and the Univ. de Paris VIII).
Sauper’s sociopolitical and poetic films have won over 50 major international prizes, among them awards at the Venice Film Festival, Berlinale, and Sundance Film Festival. He has also been honored by the César Awards, the Austrian Academy Awards, and the European Academy Awards. His documentary Darwin’s Nightmare (2004) was nominated for Best Documentary at the Oscars in 2006.
“Hubert Sauper's Epicentro Screening and Conversation” is funded by the DAAD from funds of the German Federal Foreign Office (AA). Additional support was provided by the Yale Film and Media Studies Program and the program's Chair, Fatima Naqvi.
Date and Time: Thursday, October 26th, 2023, from 5:30 PM-8:00 PM
Location: Deutsches Haus at NYU, 42 Washington Mews, New York, New York 10003