Heart of Stone

Synopsis

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.

Title Heart of Stone
Original Title Das kalte Herz
Directed by Johannes Naber
Starring Frederick Lau, Henriette Confurius, David Schütter, Moritz Bleibtreu, Milan Peschel, Sebastian Blomberg, Roeland Wiesnekker, André Hennicke, Jule Böwe, Lars Rudolph
Genre Fantasy, Adventure, Literary Adaptation
Running time 119 min
Language German
Nationality Germany
Scriptwriter Johannes Naber, Christian Zipperle, Steffen Reuter, Andreas Marschall; based on the fairy tale by Wilhelm Hauff
Cinematographer Pascal Schmit
Produced by Schmidtz Katze Filmkollektiv, Studio Babelsberg, Philipp Filmproduction, SWR, ARD, Degeto, MDR
Local Release 2016
Film Status Completed

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