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Beyond the Balance (Herzentoeter)

Beyond the Balance
Scene from "Beyond the Balance" (photo © Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG)

Kobja has bought a piece of land in New Zealand to start a new life. He got the money by stealing cars. The estate agent tells him that he has got a better offer and the price has gone up. He has three days to get the money.

Kobja breaks into a BMW parked at a hotel. But he doesn’t know that Russian car thief Goran has already stolen the car. The drunken actress Mikitsch, just fired by her producer from a film set nearby, takes Kobja for her driver. Kobja flees from Goran with Mikitsch in the car. They get lost in the middle of the “Spreewald”.

At night a man with a dog suddenly appears who thinks Mikitsch is some sort of a ghost. After convincing the man, Hanusch, that she isn’t, he offers both a place to stay.

Kobja is stuck in the middle of nowhere while his time is running out. Eventually he is able to leave Hanusch's farm but the Russian car thief has tracked him down. Both get into a fight that leaves Kobja wounded...


Bernd Heiber was born in 1964 in Cottbus. After two years of national service, he worked at the Theater Cottbus as a stagehand. From 1986-1989, he was a director\'s assistant at the Theater Senftenberg. He co-wrote and directed his first play, Kaenguru, in 1989. From 1992-1998 he studied Direction at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television in Potsdam-Babelsberg. His films include the documentary It Is It (1993), and the shorts, which he wrote and directed, Wind (1994), Scheissleben (1996), and Das Klopfen (1998), as well as The Night Nurse (Die Nachtschwester, 2000) and Nr. 23 - oder wie der Honigloeffel in die Waesche kam (2003) from the Erotic Tales, and Beyond the Balance (Herzentoeter, 2005).
Genre Road Movie
Category Feature
Year of Production 2005
Director Bernd Heiber
Screenplay Bernd Heiber
Cinematography Konstantin Kröning
Haike Brauer
Steve Binetti
Angelika Wedde
Cast Xaver Hutter, Katja Flint, Paul Fassnacht, Max Volker Martens, Kathrin Kuehnel, Walera Kanischtscheff
Producers Tanja Ziegler, Frank Evers
Production Company Ziegler Film, in co-production with RBB, cine plus Filmproduktion
Length 105 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Molodist Kiev 2006, Cottbus 2006
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM

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