A Heavy Heart by Thomas Stuber

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

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Title A Heavy Heart
Type Current titles
Genre Drama
Category Feature Film
Format DCP
Running Time 109 min

Peter Kurth
Lina Wendel
Lena Lauzemis
Edin Hasanovic

Directed by Thomas Stuber
Produced by

in co-production with

Nationality Germany
Original title Herbert
Production year 2015


PSIFF unveils Premieres, NV/NV, Modern Masters

Top brass at the 27th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) on Monday announced the Premieres, New Voices/New Visions competition and Modern Masters programmes. Films from 60 countries, including 54 premieres (seven world, 17 North American and 30 US), will screen during the festival, which runs from January 1-11, 2016.

Twelve US premieres from emerging international directors marking their feature film without US distribution, among these Thomas Stuber's A HEAVY HEART. The winner is selected by a jury of US distributors comprising Gary Rubin of Cohen Media, Dan Berger of Oscilloscope and Ryan Kampe of Visit Films/Monument Releasing. The winner will receive use of a $60,000 Panavision camera package and a glass sculpture designed for the festival by Dale Chihuly.

Baden-Württembergischer Filmpreis für Boxer-Drama „Herbert“

Der Baden-Württembergische Filmpreis in der Kategorie Spielfilm geht in diesem Jahr an das Boxer-Drama „Herbert“.Die Arbeit von Thomas Stuber (34), einem Absolventen der Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, über das Schicksal einer an der tödlichen Muskelkrankheit ALS erkrankten Boxerlegende sei kein Krankheitsfilm, betonte die Jury am Wochenende in Stuttgart. Vielmehr sei „Herbert“ ein Genrefilm „voller Wahrhaftigkeit“. Es geht um den letzten Kampf des Boxers gegen eine heimtückische Krankheit und um die Chance, die wichtigsten Dinge in seinem Leben noch zu Ende bringen zu können.

Special Mention Award for Best Actor at CINEDAYS Festival for Peter Kurth of A HEAVY HEART

Peter Kurth of A HEAVY HEART has been awarded with the Special Mention Award for Best Actor in the Official Competition at 14. CINEDAYS Festival. The Official selection jury, Roelof Jan Mineboo, Mihaela Sirbu and Vladimir Bazhevski explained that ‘Peter Kurth’s balanced portrayal of brutal aggression and vulnerability makes us care for a character that any sane person would otherwise avoid at all cost.’