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Cuba Libre

Cuba Libre

The story of people who have long since been ignorant of how many millions there are in the lottery jackpot or that there is now a "super number". People who don't know the Federal Chancellor's name or how many television stations there are. A story of people who just couldn't care less about that. They meet each other in an anonymous station buffet: Tom, falling apart, worn out. Tina, whose love and money Tom stole five years ago and who has progressively fallen further downwards. The first gesture between them is a slap, the first sentence: "I hate you!" Circling them is a man, Jimmy. An errand boy, a petty gangster. Who makes out he needs a friend, but is really only looking for a decoy. They are all wanting to get away, to Cuba. Pictures of dunes and palms and sea. And they want to get back what was taken from them: beauty, health, ease of being. All of them get embroiled in petty, underhand intrigues. In the end, they only manage to get as far as the Belgian coast.


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden in 1960 and has lived in Berlin since 1981. He studied German Language and Literature before studying at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) from 1988 to 1994. His highly-acclaimed films include: PILOTINNEN (1995), CUBA LIBRE (1996), DIE BLEISCHLAFDIEBIN (1998), THE STATE I AM IN (DIE INNERE SICHERHEIT, 2000), SOMETHING TO REMIND ME (TOTER MANN, 2001), WOLFSBURG (2002), GHOSTS (GESPENSTER, 2004), YELLA (2006), JERICHOW (2008), DREILEBEN - BEATS BEING DEAD (DREILEBEN - ETWAS BESSERES ALS DEN TOD, 2011), BARBARA (2012), PHOENIX (2014), and TRANSIT (2018).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1995
Director Christian Petzold
Screenplay Christian Petzold
Cinematography Hans Fromm
Bettina Boehler
Stefan Will
Cast Richy Müller, Catherine Flemming, Wolfram Berger
Producers Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Production Companies ZDF, Schramm Film Koerner & Weber/Berlin, Cine Image, Munich
Length 95 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Berlin 1995 (German Films)

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