A Heavy Heart


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.

"Fassbinder-style" - The Hollywood Reporter

„Peter Kurth showed the most outstanding acting performance of the festival, standing ovations after the premiere lasted several minutes. He should be considered as one of the candidates for the German Cinema Award.”  - Spiegel Online

„It is Peter Kurth who makes this often painful but truthful film unforgettable.” BR KINO KINO

Title A Heavy Heart
Original Title Herbert
Directed by Thomas Stuber
Starring Peter Kurth, Lina Wendel, Lena Lauzemis, Edin Hasanovic
Genre Drama, Sport, Male Identity
Running time 109 min
Language German
Nationality Germany
Cinematographer PETER MATJASKO
Produced by DEPARTURES Film
in co-production with
Local Release 2016 - 17-Mar
Film Status Completed


  • World Premiere - Toronto IFF 2015
  • International Competition – Thessaloniki IFF 2015

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