My Blind Heart

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    My Blind Heart

    Mein blindes Herz

    Directed by

    Austria

    2013

    92 min

    • German

    Drama

    Slamdance FF

    After Kurt, who suffers from the rare Marfan syndrome and is almost blind, has killed his clinging mother, he goes on a journey where the boundaries between perpetrator and victim are blurred. Haunted by her calls, Kurt leaves the clients and nurses of a care home distressed. In the streets Kurt meets Conny, a 13-year-old runaway from a broken home. She readily participates in Kurt’s protest against his body, not knowing what moves him or into which abyss his journey is leading. How much guilt can one individual endure?

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Christos Haas
    Jana McKinnon
    Susanne Lothar
    Robert Schmiedt
    Georg Friedrich
    Christopher Schärf
    Peter Matiċ
    Screenplay
    Peter Brunner
    Cinematography
    Franz Dude
    Editing
    Peter Brunner

    Director's Statement

    MY BLIND HEART is the character study of Kurt, who suffers from the Marfan Syndrome and tries to rebel against his body.
    Christos Haas, who plays Kurt, suffers from the rare Marfan Syndrome in real life. His left eye is blind and his right eye has about 20% vision. The Marfan Syndrome is a defect of the connective tissue, the risk of a sudden rupture of the aorta is imminent.
    Christos and I have known each other since high school and already then, at the age of 13, I wanted to make a film with him. Because of Christos’ physical appearance people gave him nicknames such as “Dracula” and the film I pictured back then would probably have been a spooky film of some sort – with Christos as the new “Nosferatu Kinski”.
    Time passed, and we changed with it. When we finally did work together it turned into something completely different, something much more personal. For many scenes Christos went to different unpleasant places, always with the aim to present the character of Kurt and bring it to life with all its contradictions.
    One of our main goals was to make a film about a man with a handicap, who is allowed to be at least as much of a culprit as Travis Bickle or Alexander DeLarge are. The Marfan Syndrome, or the other handicaps that the actors Robert Schmiedt or Pranav Lal suffer from, were never a starting point for us to exercise corruption of the lacrimal glands of the audience. On the contrary, we have chosen a path where we became friends, like band members who play together, each with his name and his instrument or sometimes even the opportunity to play multiple instruments at the gig. I took the real disease of a person and built a fictional story around it.
    MY BLIND HEART identifies a society which, by means of an extended arm – technology – develops in a direction that leads away from the body. It is the direction of permanent activity, always on the run from loneliness and with the goal of optimisation. A tendency, where designer babies seem to become definite and with that a potential extinction of our main character’s existence. Through Kurt’s starting position in this society due to his body I try to ask the question of a return to the body, which for me is our last outcry in the 21st Century.
    MY BLIND HEART is a film which is directed inward, which puts the perception of its main character and his inner world at the center. This decision has also affected the aesthetics of the film and provided a lot of space for the opportunity to work with abstraction. The way one makes a film, always describes the film one makes. In my film the borders between victors and the defeated, lovers and the beloved, David and Goliath, mother and son are torn apart. Who is the victim here, who the perpetrator?

    Production
    CATARACT VISION
    Festival Bookings
    AUSTRIAN FILMS

    Press

    Visually arresting in high-contrast black-and-white, Peter Brunner’s debut feature is hardly a hot commercial prospect, but will appeal to fest and cinematheque programmers looking for challenging, accomplished new work.

    Dennis Harvey, Variety

    Peter Brunner

    Peter Brunner

    Austria

    The body is probably the last cry of mankind in the 21st century.

    Peter Brunner is a Vienna-based filmmaker and musician (Cardiochaos). His work includes short films and music videos, which screened at international festivals all over the world, as well as the feature SICKNESS OF THE YOUTH, which he directed together with fellow students and in which he played the leading role. His feature film debut MY BLIND HEART premiered at Slamdance Film Festival and in the Tiger Competition at IFF Rotterdam 2014 and has won several awards at international film festivals, including a nomination for the Golden Frog at Camerimage Film Festival. THOSE WHO FALL HAVE WINGS won the Special Jury prize at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2015. His most recent film, TO THE NIGHT (2018), was selected at the Karlovy Vary IFF.

    Selected Filmography