Everybody Leaves

(Todos se van)
Sergio Cabrera | Drama, Fiction, Romance

2015 | 107 minutes | Colombia, Cuba

A celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra.


Shot in Colombia (because the director didn’t get permission to film in Cuba) and featuring a cast consisting mostly of expatriate Cuban actors, Everybody Leaves is a celebration of freedom and a confrontation of the authoritarian Cuban regime of the 1980s, which led to one of the country’s worst economic crises. The film is based on the award-winning novel by Cuban writer Wendy Guerra.

Eight-year-old Nieve is the object of her parents’ custody battle. Her mother, Eva, is an artist who believes in the revolution and disagrees with censorship or authoritarianism. She is re-married to Dan, a Swede working on the construction of a nuclear plant. Nieve’s father Manuel is a playwright who sacrifices his artistic career to write government propaganda in a remote area of the country.

Through her diary entries, Nieve reveals intimate details of a turbulent family life while painting an authentic portrait of the social and political unrest in Cuba under the rule of Castro.


"Everybody Leaves makes visible the regime's toll on families and artistic expression...The film would make for excellent viewing in the cinema studies classroom for its artistry and for its depiction of cultural history and politics in the Spanish language and Latin American studies classrooms." — Dr. Erin K. Hogan, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics, and Intercultural Communication, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

"The film offers a window into desperate circumstances that defined the Cuban revolution and delivers with it impeccable prose by an internationally celebrated author." — Nicole Martínez, Miami New Times

"The sensation of living between the prohibited and the obligatory is Guerra's ultimate story, and one that makes Everybody Leaves a film worth watching." — Nicole Martínez, Miami New Times

Main credits

Cabrera, Sergio (film director)
Cabrera, Sergio (screenwriter)
Jimeno, Ramón (film producer)
Jimeno, Ramón (screenwriter)
Martel, Laura (screenwriter)
Valdés, Yoima (actor)
Rodríguez, Abel (actor)
Mojena González, Rachel (actor)

Other credits

Director of photography, Jovanny Puertas; editing, Pablo Barbieri; music, Iván Wyszogrod.

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Sundance Film Festival
Miami International Film Festival
San Diego Latino Film Festival
Rotterdam Film Festival
Bolivia Lab - Special Mention of the Jury
Cartagena International Film Festival

DIRECTOR: Sergio Cabrera

NATIONALITY: Colombia, Cuba

YEAR: 2015

GENRE: Drama, Fiction, Romance


COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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