Mein blindes Herz

  • 92'
  • Austria
  • 2013
Christos Haas, who plays the role of Kurt, suffers from Marfan Syndrome (a genetic disorder of the connective tissue, which causes hearth problems, blindness and extreme growth) in real life. But the film is much more than a document of Christos’ condition.
After killing his clinging mother, Kurt goes on a journey that blurs the boundaries between perpetrator and victim. He meets other disabled people in a care home, drifts about in the confines of that society, befriends Conny, a thirteen-year-old escapee from a broken home who readily participates in Kurt’s protest against his body, ignoring the abyss into which his body is heading.
The film, while also being a study of a disabled person from the perspective of that character, surprisingly but effectively also questions fundamental issues through poetic narrative and stunning black-and-white images. The contrast between the formal aesthetics and the often unbearable content perfectly reflects Kurt’s contradictions.
Where to draw the line between judgment and compassion? How to deal with the disturbing conflict between condition and will, survival and morality, and the extensive technological environment of our times, which seems to turn our bodies into a distant object? How much guilt can one individual endure?

Director
Peter Brunner
Premiere
European premiere
Country of production
Austria
Production Year
2013
Festival Edition
IFFR 2014
Length
92'
Medium
DCP
International title
My Blind Heart
Language
German
Producers
Klara Veegh, Therese Seemann
Production Company
Cataract Vision
Sales
Cataract Vision
Screenplay
Peter Brunner
Cinematography
Franz Dude
Editor
Peter Brunner
Production Design
Simone Ehegartner, Nina Salak
Sound Design
Laura Endres
Music
Cardiochaos
Cast
Christopher Scharf, Christos Haas
Website
http://myblindheart.com