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Documentary | Not Rated
109 min

Directed by Hubert Sauper

Epicentro is an immersive and metaphorical portrait of post-colonial, “utopian” Cuba, where the 1898 explosion of the U.S.S. Maine still resonates. This Big Bang ended Spanish colonial dominance in the Americas and ushered in the era of the American Empire. At the same time and place, a powerful tool of conquest was born: cinema as propaganda. In his latest film, Academy Award nominee Hubert Sauper (Darwin’s Nightmare) explores a century of interventionism and myth-making together with the extraordinary people of Havana—who he calls “young prophets”—to interrogate time, imperialism and cinema itself.

A film about the butterfly effect on geopolitics, the paradox of time, the (almost) end of the world, the cinematograph, sex, and sugar.

Epicentro_InstagramB1Cuba is well known as a so-called time capsule. The very place where the New World was discovered has become both a romantic and a warning window into American and world history. Both the beauty and the decadence of the 50s have been preserved through economic embargoes and isolation. The island allows us a glimpse — bleak or optimistic — into the planet’s future: in the case of global energy scarcity, cultural or financial crisis, large parts of the world could face a similar kind of existence. Through encounters with (extra) ordinary people, Hubert Sauper takes us on a new journey, entering the thoughts and dreams of Cuban society in an era of transition and change, placing his characters at the center of a far bigger, planetary narrative.


“Captures a Cuba that seems frozen in time… a vivid sense of Havana.” – Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

“A hypnotic immersion into a country and culture embargoed by decades of our country’s foreign policy.” – Peter Keough, The Boston Globe


The Hilo Palace Theater thanks you for your support during these turbulent times. We are excited to share the incredible documentary EPICENTRO, available to screen here. The Palace is grateful to Kino Lorber for providing us and other theaters with the opportunity to continue offering the best of modern cinema to our island community. Your purchase ensures a sustainable path forward for the Palace while our theater remains temporarily closed. Enjoy the film from home and we look forward to the day when it is safe to see you back at the Palace!