Cymru Cuba and Screen Cuba present Death of a Bureaucrat


Wednesday, 17 April 2024, 6:30pm

Venue: Barnabas Arts House, 4A New Ruperra St, Newport NP20 2BB

Screening: Death of a Bureacrat (1966, Dir. Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba, English subtitles)

This classic Cuban film satirises how red tape in the revolution affected the everyday lives of its people. As a badge of honour, a model worker is buried with his labour card in his pocket. But his widow needs it to claim the benefits she is entitled to. The film traces the family’s often hilarious Kafka-esque efforts to recover the precious document in the new society where everyone is treated as equals. But should that extend to the dead?

Alea, known as the father of Cuban cinema, presents a radical new vision of a universal theme containing notes of many cinematic icons from Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy, to Brecht, Eisenstein and Buñuel.

Tickets £5 on the door.

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