Peter Kurth as Herbert Stamm in Thomas Stuber's A HEAVY HEART © Picture TRee International

Sat, 10/22/2016

Egyptian Theatre

6712 Hollywood Blvd
90036 Los Angeles

Peter Kurth as Herbert Stamm in Thomas Stuber's A HEAVY HEART


DOUBLE FEATURE: begins with THE CULPABLE at 7:30 pm,
followed by A HEAVY HEART  at approximately 9:30 pm.

Ticket price includes admission to both films.

Germany (2015), 109 min. DCP Projection.
German with English Subtitles

Director: Thomas Stuber
Screenplay: Thomas Stuber, Clemens Meyer
Cinematography: Peter Matjasko
Cast: Peter Kurth, Lina Wendel, Lena Lauzemis, Edin Hasanovic

Producers: Undine Filter, Thomas Král, Anatol Nitschke
Production Company: DEPARTURES Film/Leipzig, in co-production with deutschfilm GmbH (Berlin/München), MDR (Leipzig), HR (Frankfurt am Main)

Former East German boxing champion Herbert Stamm (Kurth) is an abrasive, tattooed heavyweight whose best days precede the fall of the Berlin wall. Now scraping by as a bouncer and debt collector for a local gangster, Herbert‘s only personal relationships are his tattoo artist, his on-off girlfriend, Marlene (Wendel), and his pet fish.  Herbert‘s last tie to his beloved sport is his protégé, Eddy (Hasanovic).  Following a training session, Herbert suddenly collapses. Although he initially dismisses the incident, his worsening symptoms are diagnosed as ALS.  With his once-powerful body deteriorating, Herbert senses his time is limited. Longing to correct his past mistakes, Herbert reaches out to his estranged daughter, Sandra (Lauzemis), now a mother herself.  Capturing the gritty reality of Leipzig’s underbelly, cinematographer Peter Matjasko provides the dark environment Herbert inhabits. Stuber’s reversal of the classic struggling up and coming boxer narrative is   elevated by Kurth’s powerful portrayal of brutal aggression and vulnerability in Herbert‘s search for redemption.


$11.-/ General Audiences
$9.-  / Seniors, Students
$7.-  / Cinematheque Members
FoG Members will receive an invitation to the opening night, but must RSVP.


German Film Award 2016
  • Best Make-up
  • Best Feature Film
  • Best Actor (Peter Kurth)

Thomas Stuber was born in 1981 in Leipzig and worked as a script supervisor before studying at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. His student feature TEENAGE ANGST (2008) screened at the Berlinale, and he received a Silver Student Academy Award® for his short film VON HUNDEN UND PFERDEN (2012). His other films include: the shorts DIE FORM DES WASSERS (2003), ES GEHT UNS GUT (2006), and episodes of the TV series GROßSTADTREVIER (2013).

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