Pepe

A voice that claims to belong to a hippopotamus. A voice that does not understand the perception of time. A voice that tells of a historical event as if in a trance. “Am I making that sound that comes out of my mouth? And what is a mouth anyway?” The only thing the animal knows for sure is that it is dead. The first and only hippopotamus ever killed in the Americas. The Colombian press called him Pepe. Between encounters and misunderstandings, epiphanies and sadness, we enter a world full of stories replete with even more stories. In a serious and playful way, both authentic and deceptive, images and sounds narrate the overwhelming orality of places full of beings who, like Pepe, died without ever knowing where they really were.
by Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
with Jhon Narváez, Sor María Ríos, Fareed Matjila, Harmony Ahalwa, Jorge Puntillón García
Dominican Republic / Namibia / Germany / France 2024 Spanish, Afrikaans, Mbukushu, German, Subtitles: English, German 122' Colour & Black/White World premiere

With

  • Jhon Narváez (Pepe)
  • Sor María Ríos (Betania)
  • Fareed Matjila (Pepe)
  • Harmony Ahalwa (Pepe)
  • Jorge Puntillón García (Candelario)
  • Shifafure Faustinus (Pepe)
  • Steven Alexander (Cocorico)
  • Nicolás Marín Caly (Ángel)

Crew

DirectorNelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
ScreenplayNelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
CinematographyCamilo Soratti, Roman Lechapelier, Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
EditingNelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
MusicNelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
Sound DesignNahuel Palenque, Nelson Carlos De Los Santos
SoundNahuel Palenque
Production DesignDaniel Rincón, Melania Freires
CostumesLaura Guerrero, Erik Paredes
Make-UpMariana Correa, Nancy Rodriguez
CastingLaura Cano, Sara Vergara, Kulan Ganes, Karel Solei
AnimationErwin Jiménez, Manuel Barenboim
ProducersPablo Lozano, Tanya Valette, Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias
Co-ProducersAndrea Queralt, Mani Mortazavi, Christoph Friedel, Claudia Steffen, Joel Haikali, Sophie Haikali
Co-Production4 A 4 Productions, Paris
Pandora Film, Köln
Joe’s Vision, Windhuk

Produced by

Monte & Culebra

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

www.monteyculebra.com www.monteyculebra.com

Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias

The Dominican director studied film in Buenos Aires and Edinburgh and has an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. His first short film SheSaid HeWalks HeSaid SheWalks won a BAFTA Scotland in 2009 while his documentary You Look Like a Carriage was part of the major Latin America art exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. His graduation film Santa Teresa & Other Stories won the Prix Georges De Beauregard at FIDMarseille; Cocote won the Signs of Life Award at Locarno. He developed Pepe while participating in the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin programme.

Filmography

2009 SheSaid HeWalks HeSaid SheWalks; animation 2010 Should We Go Home?; short film 2011 La última golosina; short film 2013 Pareces una carreta de esas que no la paran ni los bueyes (You Look Like a Carriage that Not Even the Oxen Can Stop); documentary 2015 Santa Teresa & Otras Historias (Santa Teresa & Other Stories) 2017 Cocote 2024 Pepe

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2024

Dates

Tue Feb 20 15:30

Berlinale Palast

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Wed Feb 21 13:00

HKW 1 - Miriam Makeba Auditorium

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Wed Feb 21 19:00

Verti Music Hall

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Thu Feb 22 12:30

Zoo Palast 1

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Sat Feb 24 21:45

Akademie der Künste

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