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My Heart Is Mine Alone (Mein Herz - niemandem!)

My Heart Is Mine Alone

My Heart Is Mine Alone tells the story of the love affair between a Jewish woman and a German man during this century; between two rival poets who wrote each other some of the most beautiful love poetry in literary history, passionate, sensual, desperate, wild, full of devotion and of hatred. He was an enthusiastic supporter of the Nazis. She, on the other hand, was obliged to leave the country where she had once celebrated her greatest triumphs, wandering like a beggar from country to country until she was to reach her real home - Jerusalem. He soon realised his mistake, however, when the Nazis condemned the artistic school to which he belonged as "degenerate" and he lost favour. Germany began destroying its Jewish population and itself. His swan song to her following her death remains an enduring declaration of his love.

Helma Sanders-Brahms was born in Emden in 1940. She attended the drama school for music and theater in Hanover, and studied German and English Languages in Cologne. She worked as a television announcer for WDR and from 1976-1969 became a guest student with both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Sergio Corbucci. Under the Pavement Lies the Beach became her breakthrough in 1975. Heinrich (1976), her film on the life and death of the German poet Heinrich von Kleist, was awarded the German Film Award in 1977. Her film Germany, Pale Mother (1980) remains an international success today and is one of the classics of German cinema. Her other films include: Shirin\'s Wedding (1975), No Mercy No Future (1981), The Future of Emily (1984), Laputa (1986), Manouevres (1989), Apple Trees (1991), My Heart is Mine Alone (1997), Colour of Soul (2003), and Clara (2008).
Genre Drama
Category Docu-Fiction
Year of Production 1997
Director Helma Sanders-Brahms
Screenplay Helma Sanders-Brahms
Cinematography Roland Kessel
Nadine Schulze, Monika Schindler, Helma Sanders-Brahms
Angelika Flacke, Eckhard Koltermann, Peter Kowald
Cast Lena Stolze, Cornelius Obonya
Producer Helma Sanders-Brahms
Production Company Helma Sanders-Brahms Filmproduktion/Berlin, in co-production with ARTE, WDR
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby
Festivals Berlin 1997 (out of competition)
With backing from BKM, European Script Fund