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THIS CRAZY HEART (DIESES BESCHEUERTE HERZ)

THIS CRAZY HEART
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When 30-ish rich kid Lenny has to take care of 15-year-old David, who’s suffering from heart disease, it’s the beginning of a wild adventure. Lenny fearlessly breaks all the rules to fulfill his young friend’s every wish.

The moving true story of a carefree young man living life in the fast lane who suddenly finds himself taking care of a teenager with a fatal heart condition. Together, they figure out what really matters in life.

Partying every night, accidentally sinking a sports car in the pool, that’s totally Lenny’s idea of fun. And having fun is all he cares about. He lives in his dad’s villa, squanders his dad’s money and thinks he’s some kind of playboy. At the same time, 15-year-old David gasps for air in bed in the dull council high-rise where he lives. His mother rushes him to the hospital. David has had a heart condition since birth. No one knows if he’ll live to turn 16. These two worlds collide when Lenny’s heart specialist dad shanghais his son into taking care of David. David’s world is one of clinics and operating rooms, Lenny’s world is all babes, clubs and parties. To keep it simple for himself, Lenny helps David with the things he wants to experience at least once before it’s too late, the easy stuff: Go shopping for cool clothes, steal a car, things like that. Then Lenny realizes David’s life is hanging by a thread. It’s too much real responsibility for ne’er-do-well Lenny. David decides he wants to meet a girl and fall in love. How’s Lenny supposed to swing that? But he’s already bonded with David. A friendship results that’s so serious, so intense, so wild, as if there’s no tomorrow – which may be true.


Marc Rothemund MARC ROTHEMUND was born in 1968. He began his career as an assistant director for, among others, Helmut Dietl and Bernd Eichinger and made his directorial debut with episodes for various TV series. His first feature film was LOVE SCENES FROM PLANET EARTH (1998). In 2005 he directed SOPHIE SCHOLL – THE FINAL DAYS (2005), which was nominated for an Academy Award and received numerous other awards, including the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlinale. His other films include: ANTS IN THE PANTS (1999), HOPE DIES LAST (2001), THE DUO (2003), PORNORAMA (2007), SINGLE BY CONTRACT (2010), MEN DO WHAT THEY CAN (2012), THE GIRL WITH NINE WIGS (2013), MY BLIND DATE WITH LIFE (2016), and THIS CRAZY HEART (2017).
Genre Comedy, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2017
Director Marc Rothemund
Screenplay Maggie Peren, Andreas Rogenhagen
Cinematography Christof Wahl
Cast Elyas M'Barek, Philip Noah Schwarz, Nadine Wrietz, Uwe Preuss, Lisa Bitter, Jürgen Tonkel, Tesha Moon Krieg
Producers Martin Moszkowicz, Oliver Berben
Production Company Constantin Film Produktion
Length 106 min
Format DCP, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Festivals Giffoni 2018, Gijón 2018
Awards Gryphon Award: Generator +13 Giffoni 2018, Enfants Terribles Award for Best Feature Film Gijón 2018
German Distributor Constantin Film Verleih

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