THE PROJECT OF THE CENTURY
Drifting effortlessly between raw psychological realism and dreamy surrealism and loaded with unique Cuban archive footage, this film portrays three generations of Cubans. In their apartment in the workers’ quarters at a half-built nuclear power station, they are forced to simply carry on. A fresh voice from, and about, a country in a stalemate.
The Electro-Nuclear City (ENC) was once part of an ambitious Soviet/Cuban venture to build the first nuclear power station, in Juragua in the Caribbean. But the fall of the Soviet Union brought everything to a complete standstill. Decades later, the ‘project of the century’ has still not been completed, and the enormous dome towers like a totem pole above the dismal blocks of workers’ flats.
|international title:||The Project of the Century|
|original title:||La obra del siglo|
|country:||Cuba, Argentina, Germany|
|directed by:||Carlos Machado Quintela|
|screenplay:||Abel Arcos, Carlos Machado Quintela|
|cast:||Mario Balmaseda, Mario Guerra, Leonardo Gascón|
|cinematography by:||Marcos B. Bohórquez|
|film editing:||Yan Vega|
|producer:||Natacha Cervi, Hernán Musaluppi, Pablo Chernov|
|production:||Ventura Film, Raspberry & Cream, M-Appeal, Rizoma Films (AR), Uranio Films (CU)|
|distributor:||Hubert Bals Fund|