EL PEPE, A SUPREME LIFE
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EL PEPE, A SUPREME LIFE

Directed by Emir Kusturica

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Director: Emir Kusturica
Section: Spotlight
Country: Argentina, Uruguay
Year: 2018
PT: EL PEPE, UNA VIDA SUPREMA
OT: EL PEPE, UNA VIDA SUPREMA
Language: Spanish
Version: Original version with English subtitles
Cast: Pepe Mújica
18+

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EL PEPE, A SUPREME LIFE

In this very personal documentary, director Emir Kusturica deals with the life of José "Pepe" Mujica, who in his final years as president of Uruguay (2010–2015) once again permanently changed the face of his country. Under the military dictatorship of the 1970s and ’80s, Mujica fought with the leftist Tupamaros guerrillas against the regime. For that, he spent 13 years in prison. Over mate tea in his backyard, Mujica, now 83, talks to the director about bank robberies and the prison sentence. Despite the long years of separation, his marriage has stood up. In the film's most intimate and beautiful moments, it's evident that the relationship still works. And because Kusturica is also a musician, he works in some beautifully melancholic tango melodies.

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Meet the director

EL PEPE, A SUPREME LIFE

Emir Kusturica

Born in Sarajevo in 1954, Emir Kusturica attended the FAMU film school in Prague. He is one of a handful of directors who have twice received the Golden Palm in Cannes: for WHEN FATHER WAS AWAY ON BUSINESS (1985) and UNDERGROUND (1995). After his second award, Kusturica took time off from making films to tour with his Non-Smoking Orchestra as its bass player. The soundtracks to some of his films, including BLACK CAT, WHITE CAT (1998) and LIFE IS A MIRACLE (2004), were composed by the director and members of the band. Most recently, Kusturica's feature film ON THE MILKY ROAD (2017) was shown at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.

Credits

Screenplay: Emir Kusturica
Director of Photography: Leo Hermo
Film Editor: Svetolik Mića Zajc
Sound: Bruno Tarriére
Producer: Hugo Sigman, Emir Kusturica
Production Company: K&S Films
Co-Production Company: Rasta International, Moe
World Sales: Film Factory Entertainment