The Last Supper (HKIFF46)

Genre
SPECIAL PROGRAMME
Release Date
20 Aug 2022 (Sat)
Category
--- (HK), ---(Macau)
Running Time
113 Minutes
Language
Spanish / Chinese and English Subtitle
Director
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Cast
Nelson Villagra, Silvano Rey, Luis Alberto García
Synopsis
Gutiérrez Alea’s parable of 18th century Cuba recalls the kind of contradictions that made Memories of Underdevelopment (41st) so fascinating. On a sugar plantation during Holy Week, a fanatically religious landowner re-enacts the last supper with twelve slaves. His myth of the “kind master” is, however, shattered when he suppresses a slave revolt that threatens his economic interests. This brutal satire of religious hypocrisy and cultural colonialism may be taken as a reflection of Cuba’s current situation.

Gutiérrez Alea’s parable of 18th century Cuba recalls the kind of contradictions that made Memories of Underdevelopment (41st) so fascinating. On a sugar plantation during Holy Week, a fanatically religious landowner re-enacts the last supper with twelve slaves. His myth of the “kind master” is, however, shattered when he suppresses a slave revolt that threatens his economic interests. This brutal satire of religious hypocrisy and cultural colonialism may be taken as a reflection of Cuba’s current situation.

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