festival program / Documentary Achievement Award

Los Últimos Frikis

About

Cuba is world-renowned for its music, but ask almost anyone which music and they'll name Mambo, Danzón, Guaracha, or any of dozens of other Afro-Cuban rhythms. Few will mention heavy metal, but the genre is very much alive in Cuba and has managed to remain so despite decades of government disapproval and suppression. The godfathers of Cuban metal are ZEUS, a band that has bucked all the odds, making music and growing a following for thirty years.

After fighting for decades for the right to play their once-forbidden music, ZEUS embarks on a journey across the island for their first national tour. While on the road, the band confronts their own fragile place in the country's shifting culture, as a new generation turns to newer, sexier sounds. Returning home to Havana on the cusp of their 30th anniversary, the band faces an existential crisis, and the film becomes a reflection on time, art, and life's purpose.

Filmed over the course of ten years by first time feature documentary filmmaker Nicholas Brennan, Los Últimos Frikis is an often funny, always intimate portrait of one of Cuba's most surprisingly beloved musical groups.

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MDC's Tower Theater Miami

Director Bio

Nicholas Brennan is a documentarian based in New York. He is currently a staff director at CNN's Courageous Studio. He has previously worked for ABC News, The New York Times and VICE. Los Ultimos Frikis (19) is his feature debut.

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Nicholas Brennan
  • Producer(s)
    John Logan Pierson
  • Cinematographer(s)
    Nicholas Brennan, Javier Labrador Deulofeu
  • Composer
    Dave Lombardo

Film Info

  • Year
    2019
  • Category
  • Original Title
    Los Últimos Frikis
  • Country
    United States, Cuba
  • Run-Time
    75 min
  • Language
    Spanish
  • Subtitles
    English

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