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Heart Over Head (Herz im Kopf)

Heart Over Head
Tom Schilling, Alicja Bachleda-Curus (photo © Claussen + Woebke Filmproduktio

When his mother died, Jakob was unable to cope with his life. He quit school and moved to Berlin to live with his father. But things didn't work out, and now, a year later, he packs his bags and returns home to the Frankfurt suburbs to live with his older sister Petra. Although planning on only passing through, Jakob soon realizes he'll have to help her out. Petra is pregnant, her boyfriend has just left her and she can barely make ends meet for herself and her eight-year-old son. Just after his return home, Jakob meets Wanda, a Polish au-pair girl living there. The more he sees her, the more he falls in love with her. Wanda is attracted to him too, but she's hesitant to give in to his attentions. She's responsible for the household of the Gebhard family and takes care of their two kids - but the Gebhards aren't too pleased to have Jakob hanging around. And Wanda's friends don't really like him either. If love is to win, they must both follow their hearts...


Michael Gutmann was born in Frankfurt am Main in 1956. After studying Art and German at the University of Frankfurt, he studied at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich. He has worked as a screenwriter and comic artist as well as lecturer at the film schools in Ludwigsburg, Munich and Cologne. He has written and directed a number of episodes for TV series such as Das Nest, Ein Fall fuer zwei and Tatort and co-authored a number of films directed and co-written by Hans-Christian Schmid, including It's a Jungle Out There (Nach fuenf im Urwald, 1995), 23 (1998), and Crazy (2000). His films as director and screenwriter include: Von Zeit zu Zeit (short, 1990), How I Got Rhythm (short, 1993), Rohe Ostern (1995), Nur fuer eine Nacht (TV, 1996), Black Ice (Glatteis, TV, 1998) and Heart over Head (Herz im Kopf, 2001).
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2001
Director Michael Gutmann
Screenplay Hans-Christian Schmid, Michael Gutmann
Cinematography Pascal Hoffmann, Klaus Eichhammer
Monika Abspacher
Rainer Michel
Marion Anna Schlauss, Ingrid Henn
Cast Sebastian Kroehnert, Matthias Schweighöfer, Anna von Berg, Alicja Bachleda, Tom Schilling
Producers Thomas Wöbke, Jakob Claussen
Production Company Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion
Length 89 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Hof 2001, Berlinale 2002 (German Cinema), Havana 2002, Raindance 2002
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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