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HEART OF STONE (KALTE HERZ, DAS)

HEART OF STONE
photo © SCHMIDTz KATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV

Peter and Lisbeth are two young but unfortunate lovers living in a rigid rural community in the Black Forest. She comes from a wealthy family of glassblowers; he is a poor coal worker on the lower end of society. To become rich and respected, Peter makes a pact with a devil named Dutch Michael, who rips out his heart and replaces it with a stone. Robbed of all warmth and feeling, Peter becomes a cold-hearted go-getter who rapidly achieves his goals. Ruthlessly he strives for money and power. But Lisbeth no longer recognizes Peter as the man she once loved and turns against him. There is only one way for him to put things straight: Peter must get his heart back.

HEART OF STONE is based on a dark fairy tale written by Wilhelm Hauff and first published in 1827. It tells a poetic love story set against the mysterious backdrop of the Black Forest. Hauff’s tale was conceived as a criticism of man’s greed for power; it also condemns the exploitation of nature and the abuse of fellow human beings. Johannes Naber translates this timeless parable into an emotional story tailored to today’s audiences. HEART OF STONE is the second collaboration between SCHMIDTz KATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV and STUDIO BABELSBERG after their 2012 film IN DARKNESS, which received an Academy Award® nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category.


Johannes Naber was born in 1971. He studied Philosophy and Indian Philology at the Freie Universität Berlin and Film at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Active as a freelance director, scriptwriter and gaffer, his award-winning films include: LEINFELDEN-ECHTERDINGEN (1997, short), POPSTAR (1999, music doc), ANFASSEN ERLAUBT (2005, doc), DER ZWEIFEL (2007, short), and the features THE ALBANIAN (2010), AGE OF CANNIBALS (2013), and HEART OF STONE (2016).
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
Category Feature
Year of Production 2016
Director Johannes Naber
Screenplay Steffen Reuter, Johannes Naber, Christian Zipperle, Andreas Marschall
Cinematography Pascal Schmit
Cast Frederick Lau, Henriette Confurius, David Schütter, Moritz Bleibtreu, Milan Peschel, Sebastian Blomberg, Roeland Wiesnekker, André M. Hennicke, Jule Böwe, Lars Rudolph
Producers Christoph Fisser, Steffen Reuter, Henning Molfenter, Charlie Woebcken
Co-Producer Philipp Hoepp
Production Company SCHMIDTz KATZE FILMKOLLEKTIV/Berlin & Halle, in co-production with Studio Babelsberg, Philipp Filmproduction/Oldenburg, SWR, ARD Degeto, MDR
Length 119 min
Format color, cs
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby 5.1
Festivals Busan 2016, Fantasporto 2017, Shanghai 2017
Awards German Film Award 2017 (Best Hair & Make-up, Best Score)
With backing from BKM, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, German Federal Film Fund, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, MFG Baden-Württemberg, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung
German Distributor Weltkino Filmverleih/Leipzig

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