Film Info: HERBERT

A HEAVY HEART (HERBERT)

Former Eastern German boxing champ Herbert has not been a winner in life since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Now a hard-up bouncer and debt collector, he tries to revive the past by coaching his young boxing protégé, Eddy. After a training session, Herbert suddenly collapses with spasms of pain; however, he initially chooses to ignore the signs. When his physical deficiencies become more and more apparent, Herbert finally sees a specialist who ultimately diagnoses him with a fatal neural disease. With not much time left, Herbert struggles with himself and the hard outer shell he‘s cultivated over time. Not many things really matter to him apart from his ‘lost’ daughter Sandra, whom he abandoned when the family fell apart. Now a mother herself, Sandra is still deeply hurt and afraid of allowing her dying father to be a part of her life again.

Student Academy Award®-winner Thomas Stuber tells the touching story of a lone wolf who takes a long time to find the meaning of his life.


Thomas Stuber was born in 1981 in Leipzig and completed his degree in Media and Directing at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in 2011. With the short film ES GEHT UNS GUT he won the Young Talent Award of the Film Industry in Baden-Württemberg in 2006. His first feature film TEENAGE ANGST was invited to the Berlinale/Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2008 and won the German Young Talent Award at the Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival. In 2011 his short film OF DOGS AND HORSES was nominated for the First Steps Award. It won the German Short Film Award in Gold and won the Student-Oscar® in Silver in 2012. His feature film A HEAVY HEART premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and won the German Film Award in Silver in 2016. His latest film, IN THE AISLES, premieres in Competition at the Berlinale 2018.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2015
Director Thomas Stuber
Screenplay Thomas Stuber, Clemens Meyer
Cinematography Peter Matjasko
Cast Peter Kurth, Lina Wendel, Lena Lauzemis, Edin Hasanovic
Producers Undine Filter, Thomas Král, Anatol Nitschke
Production Company DEPARTURES Film/Leipzig, in co-production with deutschfilm/Berlin
Length 111 min
Format DCP, color, 1:2.39
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Toronto 2015, Palm Spring 2016, Göteborg 2016, Shanghai 2016, Cambridge 2016, Cairo 2016
Awards German Film Award 2016 (Best Leading Actor: Peter Kurth, Best Make Up)
With backing from Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, German Federal Film Board, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film
German Distributor Wild Bunch Germany/Munich

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