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Film on Uruguay's Mujica to open REC International Film Festival in Tarragona

Section 'RECvolucions' to focus on movies portraying revolutionary movements 50 years after May 68 events


27 November 2018 02:15 PM


ACN | Barcelona

An intimate portray of Uruguay's former president José Alberto 'Pepe' Mujica will open on Saturday the REC International Film Festival in Tarragona.

The documentary, by director Emir Kusturica, will be seen in Catalonia and Spain for the first time after its debut in Venice.

'Pepe, una vida suprema' (translated into English as 'The Last Hero') shows the Uruguay's leader public and private life, and was filmed between 2013 and 2015.

Director Kusturica shared meals and drinks with Mujica and his wife, and had deep conversations about life, politics, philosophy and even poetry with him.

They visited together the family vegetables garden and as the movie goes by, viewers get to know better Mujica and his understanding of the world.

Mujica was Uruguay's president between 2010 and 2015. The documentary portrays him as a humble man who, despite reaching the top political job in the country, maintained his ideals intact.

Proud of his past as political activist and guerrilla member, Mujica spent 12 years in jail and is presented as a global leader that still dreams of a better world.

REC Festival

The film will be screened on Saturday at the 'Teatre Metropol' during the official opening gala of the Tarragona festival.

Directors, programmers and press will be able to take part in professional meetings as well, in the framework of the 'Professional Conference'.

This year, the festival includes a section called 'RECvolucions', which focuses on movies about revolutionaries 50 years after the May 68 in Paris. Films like 'M.I.A' or 'Commander Arian' will also be screened in Tarragona. In fact, 'Commander Arian' director, Alba Sotorra, is from this southern Catalan city. Her movie portrays life in a female battalion from the Kurdish resistance in Kobane.


The REC International Film Festival runs until December 9 in Tarragona.  


  • Mujica and director Emir Kusturica (courtesy of Festival REC)

  • Mujica and director Emir Kusturica (courtesy of Festival REC)