Juan of the Dead
Jul 13 - Jul 14, 2012
(Alejandro Brugués, Cuba, Spain, 2011, 35mm, 90 min)
The buzz is huge on Juan of the Dead, a satirical comedy about life in Cuba and a zombie genre spoof. A violent plague is unleashed on the streets of Havana, on the anniversary of the revolution, with zombies multiplying exponentially by the minute. While the authorities blame imperialistic maneuvers from the North for the vicious takeover, they're soon overwhelmed by mounting chaos.
The apocalypse seems irreversible. But before all hope is lost, an unlikely team is formed to try and defeat the odds: Juan, a middle-aged man without occupation and his pal Lazaro. The two team up and discover their entreprenurial spirit by offering zombie extermination and removal services to the living: "Juan of the Dead, we kill your loved ones."
Among the gore, sarcasm and witty political commentary, Juan of the Dead is also a love letter to the people of Cuba who thankfully, like our hero Juan, aren't zombies.