RODRIGO BARRIUSO, SEBASTIÁN BARRIUSO
Cuba, Canada, 2018
107 minutes, Color
In Person: Directors Rodrigo Barriuso and Sebastián Barriuso
Set in Havana in the late 1980s, A Translator's central character, a professor of Russian literature, is assigned out of the blue to work in a hospital as translator for a group of young radiation victims from Chernobyl. His new role not only complicates his emotional life, it also destabilizes his relationships with friends and family. Mixing documentary elements with a fictional tale, the film catches a critical historical moment when Cuba's economy was failing, unemployment was rife, and the country's citizens were beginning to feel more insulated than ever. The Barriusos' film addresses a specific set of events, but as it unfolds at the intersection of socialist ideals, economic realities, and personal ambitions, it's a timeless portrait of what it means to be a cog in the wheel of a single-party regime. —Sheri Linden
In Spanish with English subtitles
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