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by Carlos Machado Quintela


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
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Carlos Machado Quintela
film run: 100'
screenplay: Abel Arcos, Carlos Machado Quintela
cast: Mario Balmaseda, Mario Guerra, Leonardo Gascón
cinematography by: Marcos B. Bohórquez
film editing: Yan Vega
music: Vicente Rojas
producer: Natacha Cervi, Hernán Musaluppi, Pablo Chernov
production: Ventura Film, Raspberry & Cream, M-Appeal, Rizoma Films (AR), Uranio Films (CU)
distributor: Hubert Bals Fund
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