Feuerherz - Die Reise der jungen Awet

Feuerherz - Die Reise der jungen Awet

Deutschland / Österreich 2007/2008, Spielfilm

Inhalt

Heart of Fire

Eritrea at the beginning of the 1980s. Awet′s mother left her when she was only a little girl and now she is growing up – in the midst of the upheaval of Eritrea′s war of independence against Ethiopia – in an orphanage in Asmara where she is raised in the Catholic faith by Italian nuns. Her sense of justice is in evidence at an early age; as a young girl she is always trying to assert herself and protest against injustice. Several years later, her father – whom she believed lost – takes her away to live with his new family. But Awet is not welcome; her father torments her and finally gives her and her sister to one of Eritrea′s liberation armies. The two girls are brought to a camp where they are to be trained as soldiers. Awet has to get used to a harsh life. Hunger, loneliness and the hard labour at the camp make it a struggle for her to survive. Awet experiences the insanity of war and is confronted with death and fanaticism. Nevertheless, thanks to her ′heart of fire′, her courage and her conscience, she manages to find a way out of her terrible ordeal.

"Feuerherz" was made in the Eritrean language of Tirgrinya. Luigi Falorni: "When the Eritrean government refused to give us permission to film we prepared the shoot in Nairobi, because Kenya is home to the largest community of Eritrean émigrés outside Eritrea. One of the most important criteria during casting was that those in the film should have a knowledge of Tigrinya and an enduring bond to Eritrean traditions and way of life."

Source: 58. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Credits

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Director:Luigi Falorni
Screenplay:Luigi Falorni, Gabriele Kister
based on:Senait G. Mehari (Roman)
Director of photography:Judith Kaufmann
Assistant camera:Michael Hammer
2nd Camera unit:Michael Ole Nielsen
Steadycam operator:Michael Ole Nielsen
Still photography:Stephan Rabold
Key grip:Maike Maier
Set design:Vittoria Sogno (Szenenbild)
Make-up artist:Gregor Eckstein, Gilian Obaso
Costume design:Brigitta Lohrer-Horres
Editing:Anja Pohl
Sound design:Ansgar Frerich, Florian Kaltenegger
Sound:Marc Parisotto
Music:Stephan Massimo
  
Cast: 
Letekidan MicaelAwet
Solomie MicaelFreweyini
Seble TilahunMa’aza
Daniel SeyoumMike’ele
Mekdes WegeneAmrit
Samuel SemereHaile
  
Production company:TV 60 Filmproduktion GmbH (München)
in co-production with:Senator Film Produktion GmbH (Berlin), Aichholzer Filmproduktion (Wien), Beta Film GmbH (Ismaning), Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR) (München), Arte Deutschland TV GmbH (Baden-Baden)
in association with:Film Studios Kenya (Nairobi), Pontact Productions (Nairobi)
Producer:Andreas Bareiss, Sven Burgemeister, Gloria Burkert, Bernd Burgemeister
Co-Producer:Christoph Müller, Josef Aichholzer, Dirk Schürhoff
Producer (TV):Johanna Hanslmayr, Hubert von Spreti, Jochen Kölsch, Monika Lobkowicz, Andreas Schreitmüller (Arte), Claudia Gladziejewski
Line producer:Jenny Pont
Unit production manager:Hermann Maurer
Original distributor:Senator Film Verleih GmbH (Berlin)
Funding:FilmFernsehFonds Bayern GmbH (FFFB) (München), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg GmbH (MBB) (Potsdam), Filmförderungsanstalt (FFA) (Berlin), Deutscher Filmförderfonds (DFFF) (Berlin), Beauftragte/r der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien -Filmförderung- (Berlin), Österreichisches Filminstitut (ÖFI) (Wien), Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF) (Wien), Eurimages der EU (Strasbourg), Media Programm der EU (Brüssel)
Length:2527 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.10.2008, 115601, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 29.01.2009;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 28.07.2010, Arte

Titles

Originaltitel Feuerherz - Die Reise der jungen Awet
Arbeitstitel (DE ) Feuerherz

Versions

Original

Length:2527 m, 92 min
Format:35mm, 1:1,85
Picture/Sound:Farbe, Dolby Digital
Rating:FSK-Prüfung (DE): 13.10.2008, 115601, ab 12 Jahre / feiertagsfrei
Screening:Uraufführung (DE): 14.02.2008, Berlin, IFF - Wettbewerb;
Kinostart (DE): 29.01.2009;
TV-Erstsendung (DE FR): 28.07.2010, Arte