Director Steven Soberbergh participated in a New York Film Festival press conference yesterday following a press screening of his four-hour Che, which is making its U.S. premiere at the festival.
"Any movie that actively portrays an unpolished life is to me a political film," Soderbergh said about his film. "I'm not a communist. There's no place for me in Che's perfect society. Che would have hated me. He didn't have much use for artists."
Inevitably, Soderbergh weighed in on the embargo debate, as any artist talking about modern-day Cuba must. "It's shocking to me," he said. "We haven't been very smart in how we played this. If we really want to change Cuba we should flood the island with tourists. That would bring a flood of ideas."
The film continues to divide audiences every time it's shown, which only makes me more eager to see it. You can watch a few clips from the press conference here.