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The Last Supper
Original title:
La ultima cena
Slovenian title:
Zadnja večerja
Section:
FOCUS: CUBAN CINEMA 60
Country, year:
Cuba, 1976
Length:
113
Directed by:
Tomás Gutiérrez Alea
Screenplay:
Tomás González Pérez, Tomás Gutiérrez Alea, Maria Eugenia Haya
Cinematography:
Mario García Joya
Music:
Leo Brouwer Mezquida
Subtitles:
German, slovenian
Language:
Spanish
Voting code:
/
Cast:
Nelson Villagra, Silvano Rey, Jose Antonio Rodriguez, Luns Alberto Garcia, Samuel Claxton, Mario Balmaseda
Awards:
Sao Paulo 1968 (Audience Award)

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Description:
Twelve slaves and their pious master stage the "Last Supper".
Set in the time of slavery, the narrative depicts a slave owner who invites his slaves to sit at the dinner table with him in an act of religious observance of Easter. On the following day the slaves rebel when the privileges he has promised (i.e. no work on Good Friday, and freedom for one of the elderly slaves) are not honoured by the overseer.

"The film is set in the time of the Haitian Revolution (1795), when the drastically declined sugar cane production in Haiti had to be increased as Cuban plantation owners were no longer able to meet global demand. In this period, slave exploitation in Cuba reached its culmination." (Tomás Gutiérrez Alea)