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Heart is a Dark Forest, The (Herz ist ein dunkler Wald, Das)

Heart is a Dark Forest, The
Scene from "The Heart is a Dark Forest" (photo © X Verleih AG)

Marie accidentally discovers that her husband and the father of her two children is leading a double life. He has two of everything: two wives, two homes and two families. As soon as night falls, Marie leaves her home and secretly follows her husband to a masked ball. She is looking for consolation, for explanations. After daybreak, she will know whether she can face this new reality and return to her children...


Nicolette Krebitz is an award-winning actress, writer, musician and director. Her films as a director include: MON CHÉRIE (2000), JEANS (2001), THE HEART IS A DARK FOREST (2006), EPIGENETIK (short, 2007), DIE UNVOLLENDETE (short from DEUTSCHLAND 09, 2008), and WILD (2016).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Nicolette Krebitz
Screenplay Nicolette Krebitz
Cinematography Bella Halben
Sara Schilde
Fetisch, Whitest Boy Alive
Sylvester Koziolek, Christel Rehm
Cast Jonathan Meese, Günther Maria Halmer, Angelika Taschen, Otto Sander, Monica Bleibtreu, Franziska Petri, Marc Hosemann, Devid Striesow, Nina Hoss
Producer Tom Tykwer
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool, in co-production with NDR/Hamburg
Length 86 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Hof 2007, Nordische Filmtage Luebeck 2007, Rotterdam 2008, Goeteborg 2008, Berlin 2008 (German Cinema)
Awards Schleswig-Holstein Film Award 2007 (Best Screenplay)
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, BKM, FilmFoerderung Hamburg, MSH Schleswig-Holstein, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
German Distributor X Verleih

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