Vamos a la playa

Wherever you go, you take your privilege with you.


When backpacker millennials Benjamin, Judith and Katharina travel to Cuba to find Katharina’s missing brother Wanja, they become more and more entrapped within a maze of delusions, sincere feelings and sexual desires: It begins as an exciting adventure and turns into a passionate love triangle.
The film examines western projections on Cuba: A perceived tropical paradise with beaches and salsa, where however communist realities clash with the quest for individualism. Although Judith and Katharina seek real passion and love, they can’t escape the reality of economic inequality. And always-correct Benjamin will realise that true connection and friendship exist beyond borders, when he finally acts on his true emotions.

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Director: Bettina Blümner
Genre: Drama - Travelling, Cuba, Millennials, Friendship, Sex Tourism
Original title: Vamos a la playa
Country of production: Germany, Cuba
Year of production: 2022
Length: 90 min
Color: Color
Shooting format: 4K
Screening format: DCP 2K
Original language: German, Spanish, English

Subtitles: yes
Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Victoria Schulz, Maya Unger, Eugenio Torroella Ramos, Jakub Gierszal
Scriptwriter: Bettina Blümner and Daniel Nocke
Director of photography: Janis Mazuch
Editor: Anna Mbyia Katshunga
Sound mixing: Valentin Finke
Producers: Jamila Wenske
Production company: Achtung Panda! Media GmbH
Supported by: BKM, NRW Film- und Medienstiftung

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Festivals / Awards

Zurich FF, Switzerland - World Premiere
Achtung Berlin!, Germany - Best Actresss Award
Lichter Filmfestival, Germany
German Film Festival Madrid, Spain
Hessischer Film und Kinopreis, Germany - Best Feature Film
ARTE Kino Festival - European Audience Award


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