Cuban cinema used to win international plaudits for its imaginative art house movies built around political or social themes. But the industry has fallen on hard times and the state can no longer afford to fund such projects, reports the BBC. Now a new generation of filmmakers is emerging, raising money from abroad. The latest production is the camp Zombie horror comedy Juan of the Dead (first announced last May), a social satire which is not afraid to poke fun at the system. The BBC’s Michael Voss met up with director Alejandro Brugues on set of the $2m post-apocalyptic horror flick. Check out the video inside.
“Juan is a typical forty-year-old slacker. One day Havana begins to fill up with zombies. Juan decides that the best way to cope with it is to prosper. “Juan of the dead killed their loved ones” is his slogan, and his mission is to help people get rid of those infected around them … for a price. But the situation gets worse — while everyone is escaping to sea as a means to get away, Juan is left with no choice but to become a hero, staying to defend his country and protect his own on an island that has turned into a real bloodbath.”
Watch some early teaser trailers
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