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Courtesy of Outsider Pictures

Law Building
1001 Bissonnet
Map & Directions
 

Directed by Alejandro Brugués

2011, in Spanish with English subtitles

Cuba/Spain

92 minutes

Showtimes

LATIN WAVE 9

Juan of the Dead

JUAN DE LOS MUERTOS

Zombies have overtaken the streets of Cuba’s capital city and Juan (Alexis Díaz de Villegas) doesn’t quite believe the newscasts that they are dissidents sent by the American government. This hilarious and totally unexpected Cuban comedy blends humor, horror, zombie lore, and the idiosyncrasies of being an isolated Communist outpost in the Caribbean. When friends Juan and Lazaro happen to spot (and slay) a zombie, they are nonchalant about the episode. But when they realize that this is not a one-off anomaly and that the zombies just keep coming, they decide to turn a profit and set up shop as professional zombie slayers. At once affectionate and utterly irreverent, Alejandro Brugués’s follow-up to Personal Belongings depicts a Havana where zombies are just one more peculiar aspect of life in a place already unlike anywhere else in the world.