Che - Revolución

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German title Che - Revolución
Original title Che, el argentino
Che - Part One: The Argentine
Country of production USA , France , Spain
original language English , Spanish
Publishing year 2008
length 134 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Steven Soderbergh
script Peter Buchman
production Laura Bickford
Steven Soderbergh
music Alberto Iglesias
camera Steven Soderbergh
(as Peter Andrews )
cut Pablo Zumárraga

Che - Revolución (English title: Che - Part One: The Argentine ) is a US-American-French-Spanish biography from 2008. Directed by Steven Soderbergh , the screenplay was written by Peter Buchman .


The Argentinian Ernesto "Che" Guevara meets the revolutionary Fidel Castro in Mexico in 1956 . Together with some comrades, they travel to Cuba in November 1956 . The Argentine becomes the Comandante, the commander of a unit of guerrilla fighters. After about two years of struggle, the revolutionaries take power. The first part of this film adaptation of the biography ends with the victory in Santa Clara , which was important for the guerrillas , the previous ruler Fulgencio Batista has withdrawn and the way to Havana is free.

In the first part of "Che" at least three storylines can be distinguished:

  1. 1956 - the conspiratorial meeting between Guevara and Castro in Mexico and Guevara's decision to take part in the revolution.
  2. 1956–59 - the guerrilla warfare and the conquest of Cuba, which is the main plot of the film.
  3. 1964 - Che Guevara's speech in the United States at the UN in New York .

The cuts are calm, the focus is on the depiction of the historical processes, especially on the creation of the symbolic figure "Che", as he is first referred to in the film by a New York journalist.


The film was shot in Campeche , Mexico , Puerto Rico and Madrid . It also contains original recordings that were recorded at the United Nations in New York City . The shooting took place in July and August 2007 on 39 shooting days. The production cost of the film were estimated at 30 million US dollars . In the United States, the film grossed over $ 1.7 million.

The world premiere took place on May 21, 2008 at the Cannes International Film Festival , in which the film took part as a competition entry. The film was shown together with the second part Guerrilla by Steven Soderbergh , which shows the later years in the life of Ernesto Che Guevara, as a four-hour film under the title Che . Various screenings at international film festivals followed , including the Viennale on May 1, 2009 . The film was shown in Spain from September 5, 2008. The film opened on November 13, 2008 in Argentina, Che Guevara's country of birth. The limited screening in the USA began on December 12, 2008, from January 24, 2009, it was unrestricted to see in US cinemas. The theatrical release in Germany and Austria took place one day later on June 11, 2009.

While Benicio del Toro was the first choice to star in the film, consideration was given to giving the lead to Val Kilmer in case Benicio del Toro would not be available for filming. In preparation for his role, Benicio del Toro studied the life of Che Guevara for seven years. He selected Ryan Gosling to play Benigno "Beni" Ramírez. Gosling met with the historical figure Ramírez in preparation for his role and learned some Spanish. Due to delays during pre-production , Gosling had to leave the film project, whereupon his role was assigned to Armando Riesco . Jsu García , who plays the role of Jorge Sotús in the film, starred as Che Guevara in The Lost City .

Terrence Malick was originally working on a script that dealt solely with Che Guevara's attempts to start a revolution in Bolivia . However, when this project did not receive any financial support, Malick gave up the project and found in Steven Soderbergh a director who took over the implementation of the script in the second part of the film project, the Che Guerrilla .

The film pays homage to the Marxist concept of dialectic , which encompasses ascent through two opposing ideas. This is how the film was created with the division into two halves, with two tempos, two color schemes, two image formats and two approaches to chronology. Each half focuses on a different revolution, which is basically the same in theory, but is completely different in its outcome.

Che - Revolución was the first full-length film to be shot with the Red One Camera .


The German dubbing was done by Christa Kistner Synchronproduktion in Potsdam . The dialogue book was written by Erik Paulsen , who also directed the dubbing .

actor German speaker role
Benicio Del Toro Wolfgang Wagner Ernesto "Che" Guevara de la Serna
Catalina Sandino Moreno Manja Doering Aleida March
Santiago Cabrera Sebastian Schulz Camilo Cienfuegos
Euriamis Losada Roland Wolf Carlos
Demián Bichir Uwe Büschken Fidel Castro
Joe Urla Peter Flechtner Nicaragua ambassador
Rodrigo Santoro Gerrit Schmidt-Foss Raúl Castro

Film music

The film works largely without film music. Nevertheless, Alberto Iglesias was nominated several times for the soundtrack at film festivals .

On November 22, 2008, Varese Sarabande released the soundtrack for the film Che - Revolución and its sequel Che - Guerrilla , which contains 21 music tracks. According to the Computer Bild editorial team, this was both “very successful” and “convincing” .


Jeffrey Wells praised the scripts of both films about Che Guevara, Che - Revolución and Che - Guerrilla , as "damn good" in the Huffington Post on April 29, 2008 . You would portray the revolutionary as "Lawrence of Latin America" . The character of Guevara is more complex in Revolución , while he appears strict and dogmatic in guerrillas . In the first of the two films, he suffers from asthma and makes mistakes from which he learns.

Wolfgang Höbel wrote in the magazine Der Spiegel on May 22, 2008 that both films about Che Guevara were "intrusive and undramatic" . Benicio del Toro resembles the historical model “with maximum theatrical zeal” , but his play in Che - Revolución works like “a photo wallpaper” . The director leaves out the human side of the revolutionary.

“Anyone who expects a historical or critical examination of the icon Che will be disappointed with these films. Soderbergh's Che films are one thing above all else - action films. As such, however, they have succeeded. "



The film took part in the Cannes International Film Festival in 2008 , where director Stephen Soderbergh competed unsuccessfully for the Palme d' Or. For his performance as Che Guevara actor received Benicio del Toro the Cannes Best Actor Award . The following year, Benicio del Toro in Spain in was Cinema Writers Circle Awards nomination for best actor, while Alberto Iglesias was nominated for the best film music and Peter Buchman won for best adapted screenplay. Also in 2009, Benicio del Toro received the Goya Award for Best Actor, while Antxón Gómez was honored in the Best Production Design category. At this event, Alberto Iglesias received a nomination for the best film music, Peter Buchman was nominated for the best adapted screenplay and Cristina Zumárraga was nominated in the category Best Production Supervision . At the Online Film Critics Society Awards , Benicio del Toro received a nomination for Best Actor and Steven Soderbergh was nominated for Best Film Production.


The second part Che - Guerrilla was also released in 2008.

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