La Cen

La Cen

Filmforum, Germany / Cuba 2021, 77 Min., span. OV, ger. st

It was going to be the building of the century, the crowning glory of the Fidel Castro era. Financed with Soviet money, the first nuclear power plant in the Caribbean was to be built in Cuba, freeing the island from its energy crisis, and securing its independence. But the megaproject was never finished. The huge cement dome shimmers phantom-like on the horizon. The planned “nuclear city” nearby is dilapidated and has been forgotten by the world. This is the home of the film’s protagonists. Their lives, like their city, are stranded in timelessness, filled with dashed dreams of technological progress. The director follows Eva, Victor, Carlito, and Pedro for months with his camera, allowing us glimpses into their daily life in the ghost town, but also into their hopes, dreams, and life stories. Bittersweet observations in a place that, in a time of nuclear phase-outs and energy industry turnarounds, has become a relict of a bygone age.

Director Julius Dommer

Screenplay Julius Dommer

Producer Julius Dommer

Production Company Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln, Peter-Welter-Platz 2, 50676 Köln, Web: www.khm.de

Cast Eva, Victor, Pedro, Carlito

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