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Scene from "Heart of Fire" (photo © Stefan Rabold/TV60Film)

The Eritrean struggle for independence, 1980. Ten-year-old Awet has the heart of a warrior. Abandoned as a baby, she grows up in the sheltered atmosphere of a Christian monastery in Asmara. But when she returns to her family, her father brings her to a military battle unit. There is nothing she can do to elude her fate as a child soldier. Nevertheless, Awet vows to oppose this ignoble war with all her strength, and to fight against the fate that menaces her.

Luigi Falorni was born in 1971 in Florence/Italy. From 1991-1992, he attended the Film Directing class of the Cooperative Schermobianco in Florence, graduating with the feature La Gabbia di Gesso (1992). He then studied at the University of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1994 until 2003, graduating with the highly-acclaimed film The Story of the Weeping Camel (Die Geschichte vom weinenden Kamel, 2003, in co-direction with Byambasuren Davaa). Also active as a screenwriter and cinematographer, his other films as a director include: Impasse (documentary short, 1995), Fools and Heroes (documentary, 1998), Dichtung und Wahrheit (short, 1999), and Heart of Fire (Feuerherz, 2008).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2008
Director Luigi Falorni
Screenplay Luigi Falorni, Gabriele Kister
Cinematography Judith Kaufmann
Anja Pohl
Andrea Guerra
Vittoria Sogno
Cast Letekidan Micael Elias, Seble Tilahun, Solomie Micael Elias, Daniel Seyoum
Producers Andreas Bareiss, Bernd Burgemeister, Gloria Burkert, Sven Burgemeister
Production Company BurkertBareiss Development/Munich, in co-production with Senator Film Produktion, Aichholzer Film/Vienna, Beta Film, in association with Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE, Kenya Filmstudios/Nairobi for TV60 Film/Munich
Length 92 min
Format 35 mm, color
Dubbed Versions German
Original Version
Subtitled Versions English, German
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Berlin 2008 (In Competition), Giffoni 2008, Warsaw 2008, Hamptons 2008, Stockholm 2008, BUSTER Copenhagen 2012
Awards Amnesty International Award Giffoni 2008
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Eurimages, ORF, OFI Oesterreichisches Filminstitut, MEDIA
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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