Famous on Famous

El Pepe, a Supreme Life

Emir Kusturica
Screening time  
03.03. / Sunday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 1  
Kusturica’s film about Uruguay’s last president examines what makes José “Pepe” Mujica’s story like no other: a humble man who became his country’s president by sticking true to his beliefs and at the same time embracing change.

It is the story of a political activist and a former guerrilla fighter from the Latin American left. He is proud of his past but far from resting on his laurels, he is a man who also dares to dream of a better future. In a series of interviews, Kusturica delves into Mujica’s legacy. The film explores the particular relationship that forms between Kusturica and El Pepe, as two kindred spirits that come together to discuss the meaning of life from a political, philosophical, aesthetic and poetic perspective.


Emir Kusturica

Emir Kusturica was born in 1954 in Sarajevo. He graduated in film directing from the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague in 1978. In 1981, he made his successful feature debut with Do You Remember Dolly Bell?, which won the Golden Lion for Best First or Second Film at the Venice Film Festival. His second feature, When Father Was Away on Business, won Palme d’Or at the 1985 Cannes Film Festival as well as the FIPRESCI Prize, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. His first English language movie Arizona Dream was awarded the Silver Bear at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival. Underground won Kusturica a second Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995. In 1998, he won the Venice Film Festival's Silver Lion for Best Director for Black Cat, White Cat. Kusturica was appointed President of the Jury of the 2005 Cannes Film Festival. His film Promise Me This premiered at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. His film Maradona, at the Cannes Film Festival in 2008.

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El Pepe, una vida suprema

Serbia, Argentina, Uruguay
2018, 74'

Directed by:
Emir Kusturica

Screenplay by:
Emir Kusturica

Leo Hermo

Edited by:
Svetolik Mića Zajc

Hugo Sigman, Matias Mosteirin, Leticia Cristi, Andres Copelmayer, Julian Kanarek, Marcelo Carrasco

Produced by:
K&S Films, Rasta international, Moe

Festivals & Awards:

Venice International Film Festival 2018 – CICT-UNESCO Enrico Fulchignoni Award