Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

Film Website

After the success of PILOTS, Christian Petzold followed it up the next year with TV movie CUBA LIBRE: Richy Müller plays small-time crook Tom, who dreams of getting away to live in Cuba. He meets a shifty businessman (Wolfram Berger) who hires him as a driver and has a safe full of cash. Tom is being stalked by his ex, Catherine Flemming, whom he cheated on. She wants revenge, he wants money – and her love. “One evening at the Vienna Film Museum, I saw DETOUR by Edgar G. Ulmer about a man who wants to fix things but keeps going astray. That was the inspiration for CUBA LIBRE.” – Christian Petzold

tags: Love, Revenge, Road Movie, Feature film, Crime/Murder

Cast: Richy Müller, Catherine Flemming, Wolfram Berger, Raoul Schneider


Screenplay: Christian Petzold, Harun Farocki

Director of Photography: Hans Fromm

Film Editor: Bettina Böhler

Composer: Stefan Will

Production Designer: K.D. Gruber

Costume Design: Anette Guther

Sound: Martin Ehlers-Falkenberg, Heino Herrenbrück

Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber

Production Company: Schramm Film Koerner & Weber

Co-Producer: Horst Knechtel

Co-Production Company: Cine Images

Director: Christian Petzold

Editor: Annedore von Donop

TV channel: Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (ZDF)


Christian Petzold was born in Hilden, North Rhine Westphalia, in 1960. He moved to Berlin in 1981, studying German lit and theater studies at the Free University. He graduated in 1989 and went on to study directing at dffb film school, working as assistant director for Hartmut Bitomsky and Harun Farocki, and writing film criticism. Petzold shot his graduating film PILOTINNEN 1994. After TV movies CUBA LIBRE and DIE BEISCHLAFDIEBIN he shot his first theatrical film THE STATE I AM IN (2000), a daram about a teen and his parents, who are wanted terrorists. The film won a string of awards, including the German Film Prize in Gold as Best Film. In 2001, Petzold’s collaboration with Nina Hoss began on SOMETHING TO REMIND ME, with whom he went on to shoot a series of films: WOLFSBURG (2003) won the Berlinale FIPRESCI Award and the Adolf Grimme Prize in Gold. Nina Hoss also starred in YELLA (2007), JERICHOW (2009) and BARBARA (2012). He shot an episode of TV three-parter DREILEBEN (2011). Petzold’s latest theatrical film PHOENIX (2013/2014), also starring Nina Hoss, won the International Film Critics’ Award at San Sebastián Film Festival.