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In 1989 Havana, Russian literature professor Malin gets a mysterious note at the university with orders from the government sending him to a local hospital, where he learns he is expected to act as translator between the Cuban doctors and the families of young patients from the Chernobyl disaster. Initially raging against his new role, Malin is forced to stay on, and he eventually becomes deeply devoted to his patients. But while he becomes “king of the kids” at the hospital, his relationships with his pregnant wife and young son suffer. Meanwhile, life around all of them shifts as the “Special Period”—the economic crisis in Cuba that followed the dissolution of the Soviet Union—begins.

Rooted in the little-known true story of how twenty thousand Chernobyl victims were eventually treated in Cuba, Un Traductor immerses an emotional drama in crisply shot, beautifully realized period detail of Havana in 1989. Veteran actor Rodrigo Santoro brings dignity and charm to his performance as a good-hearted man in turmoil, and directors Rodrigo and Sebastián Barriuso, in their elegant feature debut, depict a tale at once historical and personal, all while demonstrating a truly impressive adeptness at their visual craft.

Fri. 1/19, 2:30 p.m., Prospector, PC
Sat. 1/20, 1:00 p.m., Redstone 2, PC
Sat. 1/20, 11:59 p.m., Tower, SLC
Mon. 1/22, 6:00 p.m., Sundance Resort, Provo
Thu. 1/25, 6:00 p.m., PC Library, PC
Fri. 1/26, 10:00 a.m., Holiday 4, PC

YEAR 2017

SECTION World Drama

COUNTRY Canada/Cuba

RUN TIME 107 min

LANGUAGE Spanish/Russian

SUBTITLES Yes with English subtitles


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Rodrigo Barriuso

Rodrigo Barriuso is an award-winning Cuban Canadian filmmaker. His short film For Dorian screened at festivals around the world, including the Slamdance Film Festival and the Melbourne International Film Festival, receiving the Best Canadian Film Award at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, the Norman Jewison Filmmakers Award, and the Lili Award for best short film at the MIX Copenhagen LGBTQ Film Festival.

Sebastián Barriuso

Sebastián Barriuso is a Havana-born, award-winning filmmaker. He studied at the University of Arts of Cuba. He produced La Piscina, which had its premiere at the 2013 Berlin International Film Festival and received the Special Jury Award at the Marrakech International Film Festival.