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La muerte de un burócrata (Spanish with French subtitles)
Main screening room
February 7th, 2024
85 min
Cuba – après la révolution?

We have several dozen Cuban films in our archives, allowing us to document the inspiration and creativity of filmmakers who, shortly after the Cuban revolution, devoted their cameras to documenting daily life, individual questions and collective movements.

Death of a Bureaucrat
Directed by
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Spanish with French subtitles
Salvador Wood, Silvia Planas, Manuel Estanillo
85 min
35 mm

In this black comedy, Juanchín confronts the intricacies of Cuban bureaucracy following the unexpected death of his uncle, who was accidentally crushed by a machine used to make funeral busts. Buried with his work book at his request, Juanchín's uncle inadvertently prevents his aunt from collecting his pension. Juanchín will do whatever is necessary to recover the booklet.

Death of a Bureaucrat

Tomás Guttiérez Alea

Born in Havana in 1928, Tomás Guttiérez Alea studied law before focusing on his passion for cinema, combining it with his interest in politics and social issues. He studied filmmaking in Rome and then, on his return to Cuba, co-directed his first medium-length documentary with Julio García Espinosa. In 1959, with García Espinosa and others, he founded a Cuban film institute under the new government of Fidel Castro. In the 1960s, he made several films inspired by the historical and political context, expressing his criticism of Cuban society while hoping to change the revolutionary situation for the better. During this decade, he made two major films, Death of a Bureaucrat and, above all, Memories of Underdevelopment. In the second half of the 1970s, his work was honored by numerous international tributes. At the end of his life, he and Juan Carlos Tabio directed Strawberry and Chocolate, a critical and public success that became the first Cuban film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film.


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Tomás Gutiérrez Alea: accompagner la révolution

Dans notre cycle Cuba – Après la révolution, les films de Tomás Gutiérrez Alea tiennent une place de choix. Tout au long de sa carrière, le cinéaste a en effet abordé la révolution cubaine, filmé son inscription dans le quotidien et accompagné sa pensée.

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