What is so special about the Havana as a film location?
Wolf Hermsen: Havana has a extraordinary history and has a certain magical aura. The spirits of the dead pirates, the Conquistadores and the Ché are still haunting the streets. The Cuban religion, the Santería, is mysterious and stimulates the art. You can find in Havana a series of magical places and buildings, too, like the church square, where we did some shooting. In addition to this the life situation of Cubans, as a result of the social history is exceptional. The politics try to keep people away from globalization. But what happens is just the opposite. The globalization is slowly invading Cuba, and life gets increasingly affected. Moreover it falls on an unprepared ground, like it happens to Roberto, who, like most residents of Cuba, don't even have an e-mail address.
Why a puppeteer?
Wolf Hermsen: Roberto is more than just a simple puppeteer. He develops his plays obsessively, but in the hiding. In addition, he and his dead wife Olga, whose spirit speaks with Roberto from the other side, are connected with the the puppets through their blood and hair. They agreed to a magical pact which they pay with their life forces. In return they get the refinement of their art, the price is that they are slowly deprived of their vital energy, which is also a reason for Olga's death.