Kusturica’s documentary about José Mujica to be screened at FEST

The documentary film “El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema” (“Pepe, a Sublime Life”) tells the story of the man dubbed “the poorest president in the world”, José “Pepe” Mujica, the former president of Uruguay.

The film, directed by Emir Kusturica, will be screened in the main programme of the 47th FEST, announced the director of the renowned Belgrade film festival.

The film had a world premiere at the festival in Venice, and recently opened the 12th International Film and Music Festival Kustendorf.

Kusturica says that when he heard, many years ago, of a country president driving a tractor, he was immediately drawn to making a film about him.

Through a series of conversations, Kusturica and Mujica discuss the meaning of life through philosophical, political, aesthetic and poetic visions. In a gentle and warm way, Kusturica films Mujica’s everyday life, including him gardening, as well as conversations about important moments from his past.

Mujica’s ideology is equally reflected in his political attitudes, as well as in his modest way of life. Most of his presidential salary went to charities as he lived in the conviction that when you are given power, you have to live as a majority of population, not as an elite. He began as a guerrilla fighter, robbed banks, fought fascists, and spent 13 years in prison which he spent learning. He was the Minister of Agriculture, then the Prime Minister, and finally the 40th President of Uruguay, probably the most loved president of a country in modern history.

“I was shocked when I saw people crying because a president is ending his term in the office. The event was very crowded that I almost broke my leg in an attempt to make a good shot. It was like Rolling Stones coming to town. There is a reason why Uruguay was called the Switzerland of South America. When you fall into depression because of everything that happens in the world, at least you have one example of a successful society”, said Kusturica.

47th FEST will be held from February 22nd to March 3rd, and the Festival’s programme will be revealed on January 28th.

(Blic, 17.01.2019)



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