BLIND AT HEART / Die Mittagsfrau


Based on Julia Franck’s international bestselling novel Die Mittagsfrau — winner of the German Book Prize and translated into 37 languages — 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.

Hélène arrives in Weimar-era Berlin as a young woman with aspirations of becoming a doctor. As the city’s carefree ambiance darkens and tragedy befalls her fiancé (Thomas Prenn), Hélène’s grief gives way to a determination to keep her half-Jewish lineage a secret. When a handsome Luftwaffe officer (Max von der Groeben) professes his love and offers her a forged Aryan identity, she accepts his offer—yet the steps she takes for self-preservation leads her down a difficult path.

“A handsome, richly textured work…Mala Emde is so magnetic in the central role.”Screen Daily

“A wonderful, taut drama with great character development…a stirring homage to female physicality and self-empowerment.”Luxembourg Chronicle

Director: Barbara Albert | Germany/Switzerland | 2023 | 136 min | German with English subtitles

Co-presented by Goethe Institut Boston

Watch The Trailer

Friday, May 17, 1:00 pm
Coolidge Corner Theatre