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Blind at Heart (Die Mittagsfrau)

Barbara Albert
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Female Director 2023 137 min Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland
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A forceful period drama about one woman’s resolve to survive

The luminous and bookish Hélène arrives in decadent Weimar-era Berlin as a young woman with aspirations of becoming a doctor. As the city’s carefree ambiance darkens and her fiancé is killed during a protest at the Reichstag, Hélène’s grief gives way to a determination to keep her lineage a secret: she is half-Jewish. When a handsome Luftwaffe officer professes his love and offers her a forged Aryan identity, she accepts his offer of marriage—yet the steps she takes for self-preservation lead her down a harrowing path.

Based on Julia Franck’s award-winning novel Die Mittagsfrau, Barbara Albert’s film adaptation is a richly textured portrait of one woman’s struggle to maintain selfhood in an increasingly hostile landscape. Hélène’s complexity is brought to life by the mesmerizing Mala Emde in this stirring drama.


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  • Mala Emde
  • Max von der Groeben
  • Thomas Prenn


  • Barbara Albert and Meike Hauck
  • based on the book Die Mittagsfrau by Julia Franck


  • Filip Zumbrunn


  • Marc Thill
  • Nicolas Leroy
  • Loïc Collignon


  • Kyan Bayani


  • Lucky Bird Pictures
  • C-Films AG
  • Iris Productions


Thursday 07 March 2024 19:00
Lieux : Kinepolis Kirchberg
Audio : German
Subtitles : English
Screening : Public Screening

Barbara Albert

Barbara Albert
Barbara Albert

Born in 1970 in Vienna, Berlin-based Barbara Albert began studying directing and screenwriting at the Vienna Film School in 1991. Her student film Nachtschwalben won the ‘Best Short’ at Saarbrücken’s Filmfestival Max Ophüls-Preis in 1994. She has since directed, written and produced numerous award-winning feature films which have premiered at major film festivals worldwide, making her one of the most respected German-language directors of her generation.


  • Die Mittagsfrau 2023
  • Mademoiselle Paradis 2017
  • The Dead and the Living 2012
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