Film still from <em>A Heavy Heart</em>. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut NZ

Film still from A Heavy Heart. Image courtesy of Goethe-Institut NZ

German Film Festival 2017 - A Heavy Heart (Herbert)

  • Fri 6 Oct 2017
  • 6:30—8:20PM
  • Len Lye Centre Cinema
  • Presented by Goethe-Institut NZ
  • Free entry
  • Festival tickets can be picked up from the Govett-Brewster front desk in person on the day of each screening.
  • First in – first served, unfortunately no reservations by phone or email. Please take your seat 10 mins before the film starts as otherwise empty seats will be re-allocated
  • Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked

A former East German boxing champion reduced to working as a bouncer and debt collector is forced to reflect on his life when he is diagnosed with a fatal disease.

At some point, Herbert Stamm’s life went off the rails. For a long time now, this gigantic man, formerly a successful boxer known as “The Pride of Leipzig”, has been earning his keep as a bouncer and an uncompromising debt collector. His upper body is covered with tattoos, the largest one a reference to the GDR’s once notorious Torgau Prison. On the side, Herbert is preparing talented, up and coming boxer Eddy for his first title fight. Herbert’s daughter Sandra hasn’t seen him for years, and, like a cautious boxer, he keeps his girlfriend Marlene at arm’s length too. Together with his friend, tattoo artist “Specht”, he dreams of a big motorcycle trip along America’s legendary “Route 66”. But signs of a serious illness are becoming more severe, until Herbert can no longer ignore them. He receives a devastating diagnosis: he’s suffering from ALS, an incurable disorder of the motor nervous system that is advancing relentlessly. Herbert tries to put the ruins of his life in order.

German with English subtitles, 2015, Colour, 109 min., Rated TBA., Dir. Thomas Stuber


Event Info

Goethe-Institut NZ