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
The debut feature is director Thomas Stuber's follow-up to his Oscar-winning short.
After winning a German film award, and a student Oscar, for his short film Of Dogs and Horses in 2012, Thomas Stuber chose an unusual project for his feature-film follow up: a boxing movie. In reverse.
“You're classic American boxing film is all about the young guy from nowhere who works hard, fights his way up and triumphs, winning fame and fortune,” says Stuber. “My film flips that narrative. It's about the decline of a once great boxer.”( HOLLYWOOD REPORTER )
An ailing former boxing champ tries to make amends for a lifetime of regrets in former student Oscar winner Thomas Stuber's emotionally raw debut feature.
The ballad of a washed-up ex-boxer searching for redemption in a Fassbinder-style demi-monde of lost souls, A Heavy Heart is a bleak but powerful character study from the young German writer-director Thomas Stuber, a former Student Academy Award-winner. The essential plot has many parallels to Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, though the emotional tone here is more somber and the purgatorial urban setting more grim. World premiering in Toronto this week, Stuber's first official full-length feature makes few concessions to entertainment, but packs enough Euro-glum clout to punch above its weight with festivals and niche theatrical audiences.( HOLLYWOOD REPORTER )
Thomas Stuber arrives at TIFF with just his debut feature, “A Heavy Heart” (“Herbert”), but the 34-year-old Leipzig native has been on the rise for some time now, winning accolades for his stark and gritty stories of social misfits.
He won a Student Academy Award and the German Short Film Award for 2011’s “Of Dogs and Horses,” about a destitute old man who wagers all the money he has in an effort to save the life of his beloved dog. He has also helmed a number of television projects and award-winning short films, including 2008’s “Teenage Angst,” which examined bullying and violence at an upscale boarding school...( VARIETY )
|Title||A Heavy Heart|
|Running Time||109 min|
|Directed by||Thomas Stuber|
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.
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.
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.’