The Heart is a Dark Forest

by Nicolette Krebitz

The Heart is a Dark Forest


A man, a woman, two children: a family. He is a musician. She used to be one until the children came. One day, Marie discovers that not far from where they live, her husband Thomas has set up a second life for himself, a second home with a second family. Marie falls into shock, slowly sinking into her pain by the end of the day. Finally, she is driven by her desperate need for consolation and explanations to seek Thomas at his night concert in an old castle, where there is a masked ball. From then on, she embarks on an emotional journey that will lead her to make an unexpected decision.

Some disasters come quietly, slowly creeping up from behind, hitting without warning, and every attempt to survive them, to explain or understand them is like quick sand. It only leads deeper into despair. This is the story of a woman whose seemingly harmonious world falls apart within seconds, leaving behind sharp-edged shards of a life that was lived in denial, and the question of how strong a wife and mother is supposed to be and how weak she is allowed to be.

THE HEART IS A DARK FOREST is directed by award-winning actress Nicolette Krebitz and is the director's second feature film after JEANS. Nina Hoss and Devid Striesow, two of the top class German actors today, have taken on the task of interpreting this powerful tour de force. THE HEART IS A DARK FOREST is produced by Tom Tykwer (THE PERFUME, RUN LOLA RUN).


Nicolette Krebitz is in a class of her own. Born in Berlin in 1972, she has been in front of the camera since 1982, when during a casting, to which her sister had actually been invited, she got the main role in a children's movie. Since then, Nicolette Krebitz has performed in various TV productions, in theater, had her own band, and composed together with actresses Jasmin Tabatabai and Katja Riemann the soundtrack to the road movie »Bandits«. For this film she received in 1995, at the age of 23, her second Adolf Grimme Award, as well as a Golden Record (1998) and the Bavarian Film Award (for Best Music). Since 2001, Nicolette Krebitz has produced and also directed her own films. »The Heart is a Dark Forest« is her second feature film after her directorial debut with »Jeans«.

Selected Filmography:
2007 »The Heart is a Dark Forest«
2005 »Winter Journey« (Dir. Hans Steinbichler)
2004 »In Another League« (Dir. Buket Alakus)
2003 »The Depth Of Space« (Dir. Gil Mehmert)
2002 »Hierankl« (Dir. Hans Steinbichler)
2001 »Baader« (Dir. Chr. Roth) - With Jutta Pohlmann
2001 »Jeans«
1998 »Candy« (Dir. Chr. Roth)


Nina Hoss - Marie
Devid Striesow - Thomas
Franziska - Anna
Marc Hosemann - Jonathan
Monica Bleibtreu - Mietzi
Otto Sander - Helmut


Director and Scriptwriter: Nicolette Krebitz
Producer: Tom Tykwer
Cinematographer: Bella Halben
Editor: Sara Schilde
Art Director: Christel Rehm, Sylvester Koziolek
Sound: Martin Müller
Music by Fetisch, Whitest Boy Alive and Others
A production of X Filme
In Co-Production with NDR (Doris Heinze)

Technical Data

Format: 35 mm / 25fps / 1:1,85 / Colour / Dolby Srd
Length: 86 min
Original language: German

Original title: Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald


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The Heart is a Dark Forest
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