My Blind Heart

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My Blind Heart
Directed by Peter Brunner[1]
Produced by
Written by Peter Brunner
Starring
Cinematography Franz Dude
Edited by Peter Brunner
Production
company
Release date
  • March 2013 (2013-03)
Running time
92 minutes
Country Austria
Language German

My Blind Heart (German title Mein blindes Herz)[2] is an Austrian feature film drama written, directed and edited by Peter Brunner.[3] The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam[4] and Slamdance Film Festival[5] in Park City, Utah, in January/February 2014 and was nominated for a Golden Frog at the prestigious Camerimage Film Festival in November 2014.[6]

Plot[edit]

My Blind Heart is a film about Kurt (Christos Haas), a 29-year-old marine biologist who suffers from the rare disease Marfan syndrome, which makes him almost blind as well as giving him a very peculiar appearance. After his dream of working at a Shark School is shattered, Kurt kills his mother (Susanne Lothar), with whom he has a suffocating relationship and sets out on a journey to rebel against his body and the limits society tries to set for him. A short stay at a care home results in chaos and him getting kicked out, and he ends up on the streets where he befriends 13-year-old runaway Conny (Jana McKinnon). Conny becomes his partner in crime during his protesting actions, not knowing what Kurt's motives are. Finally, Kurt manages to use a former friend from the care home, Roberto (Robert Schmiedt), to help him achieve his ultimate goal.[7]

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

The film was mostly well received by critics. Variety 's Dennis Harvey called it "a visually arresting black-and-white debut"[8] while Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter said that it was "boasting scintillating visuals, revolutionary ideology which charges social norms head on, and powerful performances from its cast".[9]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 Slamdance Film Festival Jury Award for Narrative Feature Peter Brunner Nominated
International Film Festival Rotterdam HIVOS Tiger Award Peter Brunner Nominated
Brooklyn Film Festival Grand Chameleon Award Peter Brunner Nominated
Brooklyn Film Festival Certificates of Outstanding Achievement Cinematography Franz Dude Won[10]
Brooklyn Film Festival Certificates of Outstanding Achievement Actor Male Christos Haas Won
Andrey Tarkovsky Film Festival "Zerkalo" Special Jury Mention Peter Brunner Won[11]
Durban International Film Festival Award for Artistic Bravery Peter Brunner Won[12]
New Horizons Film Festival Grand Prize Peter Brunner Nominated
Camerimage Golden Frog Franz Dude Nominated

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