• Vamos a la playa
  • Vamos a la playa

Vamos a la playa

by Bettina Blümner Focus Competition

Equipped with backpack, fanny pack and Birkenstocks, Katharina, Judith and Benjamin fly to Cuba to look for their absconded friend Wanja. But their joint venture quickly collapses into chaos. Katharina chases sexual adventures with Cubans, Judith falls for a dance instructor, and Benjamin must painfully realise that his feelings are not reciprocated. In the supposed tropical paradise, the clichéd projections of Western tourists increasingly collide with a far more complex reality. Director Bettina Blümner's summery coming-of-age movie cleverly tells of adolescent sensitivities, cultural misunderstandings and the sex tourism rampant on the Caribbean island.

About the director(s)

Bettina Blümner was born in 1975 in Düsseldorf. She first studied media design at the Bauhaus Universität-Weimar before studying set directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg and the Escuela Internacional de Cine y TV in Cuba. Blümner has shot numerous short, documentary and feature-length films, including PRINZESSINNENBAD (2007), which won the German Film Award for Best Documentary Film in 2018. VAMOS A LA PLAYA, her second feature-length fiction film, has its world premiere at ZFF.

Filmography (selection): Vamos a la playa (2022) | Parcours dʼAmour (doc, 2015) | Clea – Die Frau die töten wollte (short film, 2015) | Halbmondwahrheiten (doc, 2014) | Scherbenpark (2013) | Prinzessinnenbad (doc, 2007) | La vida dulce (short film, 2005) | 13+15 (short film, 2004)

About the director(s)
  • Genre: Roadmovie
  • Country, Year: Germany, Cuba, 2022
  • Runtime: 91 Min
  • Languages: German, Spanish, English
  • Subtitles: English, German
  • Director: Bettina Blümner
  • Cast: Leonard Scheicher, Victoria Schulz, Maya Unger, Eugenio Torroella Ramos, Jakub Gierszal
  • Screenplay: Bettina Blümner, Daniel Nocke
  • Cinematography: Janis Mazuch
  • Editor: Anna Mbyia Katshunga
  • Music: Paul Eisenach
  • Producers: Jamila Wenske, Maria Carla del Rio Betancourt, Bettina Blümner
  • Production Companies: Achtung Panda! Media GmbH, Marinca Filmes
  • World Sales: Pluto Film
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