Blind at Heart
by Barbara Albert
The touching story of a young woman at the beginning of the 20th century who becomes a mother under the most adverse circumstances. Strokes of fate and the cover-up of her Jewish ancestry during the Nazi era gradually rob her of her identity. Despite the fear, the courage to make an outrageous decision grows, moved by the hope
for a new beginning.
Based on the bestseller Die Mittagsfrau
by Julia Franck.
Born in Vienna in 1970, Barbara Albert studied directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film Academy. After her first internationally successful short films, her first feature film NORDRAND celebrated its award-winning premiere in the competition of the Venice Film Festival in 1999. In the same year, Barbara Albert founded the production company coop99 together with Martin Gschlacht, Jessica Hausner and Antonin Svoboda. As a producer she was co-responsible for films such as DIE FETTEN JAHRE SIND VORBEI, DARWIN'S NIGHTMARE, TONI ERDMANN and QUO VADIS, AIDA?, the latest nominated for 'Best International Picture' at the 2021 Academy Awards®.
As a writer she collaborated with Jasmila Zbanic, Andrea Staka, Ruth Mader and Michael Glawogger.
After BÖSE ZELLEN (2003), FALLEN (2006), DIE LEBENDEN (2012) and LICHT (2017), competition entries in Locarno, Venice and San Sebastián, her first series work, 'Funeral for a Dog', co-directed with David Dietl for Sky Germany, was screened in 2022.
Barbara Albert is a founding member of the Academy of Austrian Film and winner of the Austrian Art Award. She is a member of the German and European Film Academies and a professor at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf.
She lives and works in Berlin and Vienna.
2012 Die Lebenden
2003 Böse Zellen
Mala Emde as Helene/Alice
Max von der Groeben as Wilhelm
Thomas Prenn as Karl
Liliane Amuat as Martha
Fabienne Elaine Hollwege as Fanny
Eli Wasserscheid as Selma
Director & Script Collaboration: Barbara Albert
Script: Meike Hauck
Novel: Julia Franck
Producers: Oliver Schündler, Boris Ausserer, Anne Walser,
Nicolas Steil, Katarzyna Ozga
Co-Producers: Marc Gabizon, Christoph Liedke, Daniel Blum
Line-Producer: Ralf Zimmermann
DoP: Filip Zumbrunn
Set Design: Josef Sanktjohanser
Costume Design: Veronika Albert
Make-up: Tatjana Krauskopf, Ronald Fahm
Editing: Sophie Blöchlinger
Original Score: Kyan Bayani
Sound: Marc Thill
Sound Design: Nicolas Leroy, Loïc Collignon
Casting: Karimah El-Giamal, Stephanie Maile, Franziska Aigner
Original title: DIE MITTAGSFRAU
International title: BLIND AT HEART
Duration: 136 min
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 to 4x3
Format: ProRes 4444
Original language: German
Country of production: A GERMANY-SWITZERLAND- LUXEMBOURG CO-PRODUCTION
Production Companies: LUCKY BIRD PICTURES, C-FILMS, IRIS PRODUCTIONS
Co-production Companies: ZDF ZWEITES DEUTSCHES FERNSEHEN, SRF SCHWEIZER RADIO UND FERNSEHEN, SENATOR FILM PRODUKTION GMBH
With the support of: FILM FUND LUXEMBOURG, DEUTSCHER FILMFÖRDERFONDS
FILMFERNSEHFONDS BAYERN, DIE BEAUFTRAGTE DER BUNDESREGIERUNG FÜR KULTUR UND MEDIEN, FILMFÖRDERANSTALT, MITTELDEUTSCHE MEDIENFÖRDERUNG, BUNDESAMTFÜRKULT UR BAK, ZÜRCHER FILMSTIFTUNG, MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG, EURIMAGES MEDIA DESK SUISSE, BAYERISCHER BANKENFONDS