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Ernstfall in Havanna (2002)

Stefan Balsiger is a congenial, average councillor to the Swiss embassy in Havanna. While accompanying an US senator on his mission in Cuba, he makes a botch of so many things, that a minor... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jean-Pierre Cornu Jean-Pierre Cornu ... Bundesrat
Noah Cuellar Noah Cuellar ... Ruben Mendoza
Viktor Giacobbo Viktor Giacobbo ... Stefan Balsiger
Manuel Humm ... Rolf Truninger (as Imanuel Humm)
Stephen Lack ... Jesse F. Russell
Jürg Löw Jürg Löw ... Ernst O. Mülle
Mike Müller Mike Müller ... Bruno Rüegg
Dorothee Reize Dorothee Reize ... Christine Mühlemann
Daniel Rohr Daniel Rohr
Elizabeth Rossa Elizabeth Rossa ... Cathy Baldwin
Carla Sanchez ... Miranda Esposito
Sabina Schneebeli Sabina Schneebeli ... Bea Graber
Henry Strozier ... Robert J. Claiborne
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Stefan Balsiger is a congenial, average councillor to the Swiss embassy in Havanna. While accompanying an US senator on his mission in Cuba, he makes a botch of so many things, that a minor blunder by the Senator turns into a serious incident, which intensifies into a second Cuban crisis - thanks to further entanglements by the media, police, and diplomats who represent the arch-enemies USA and Cuba. Only one person can eventually solve the crisis: Stefan Balsiger himself. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

Switzerland

Language:

Swiss German | Spanish | English

Release Date:

14 March 2002 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Crisis in Havana See more »

Filming Locations:

Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland See more »

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CHF3,300,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Hilarious for anyone who's ever lived in CH
7 September 2003 | by whelanSee all my reviews

I seem to be the first person without a Swiss address reviewing this film, although I did live for two years in Bern recently. I saw it this summer in Berlin as part of the Festival des europäischen Films. (It was the perfect opportunity for me to see it with German rather than English subtitles so I could follow more of the Schwyzertütsch.) I found it hilarious, but my friends all stayed home or went out to see Terminator 3 that night, so I can't say whether the humor would have carried over to someone who didn't have the background for the Swiss in-jokes.

I can't speak for the Cubans, but the film does do a good job of twitting both Swiss and Americans, sometimes in the same exchange (e.g., the early conversation between the senator and the driver about the Stefan's bosses). Basically, I would recommend this film heartily to anyone with Swiss connections and curiously to anyone without.


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