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English title: Heartstrings
Original title: Coeur en Braille, Le
German title: Herz über Kopf – Die Melodie ihres Lebens
France, 2016

Director: Boujenah, Michel
Production company: Gaumont
Age recommendation: 6 years and up
Length: 90 min.
Film genre: Feature film

Twelve-year-old Marie, a good student and a promising violonist, has a secret: she suffers from a degenerative eye disease... Even if she is still able to see well enough to live a fairly normal life, she knows that eventually she will have to live in the dark. Of course her parents know it too, and worry terribly about their daughter's future. Recently, though their daughter won't discuss it with them, they sense that her state has deteriorated. In the middle of the school year, they announce that they're going to take her out of school and board her at an Institute for the blind. Marie, however, has other plans. At the end of the year she fully intends to compete at the entrance exam for a prestigious music school. Going to the institute would blow her chances. As a result, Marie decides to hide the acceleration of her disease to her parents and school, but she knows she can't do it alone. Having noticed that Victor, the class dunce, has a crush on her, she uses the pretext of helping him with his homework to get him to help her. Little by little, at first unbeknownst to him and later willingly, Victor becomes Marie's eyes.

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Adapted from Le Coeur en Braille, a novel by Pascal Ruter.

Zurich IFF 2016, Dubai IFF 2016, BUFF Malmö 2017 (ECFA Award), FiFEM Montreal 2017, TIFF Kids Toronto 2017, Zlin 2017 (awarded), Cinema in Sneakers Warsaw 2017, Schlingel Chemnitz 2017 (awarded), Buster Copenhagen 2017, Antalya IFF 2017, Mannheim-Heidelberg IFF 2017, KINOdiseea Bucharest 2017 (awarded), Vienna CFF 2017, Kinderfilmfestival Steiermark 2017, KinoKino CFF Zagreb 2018 (awarded), FiFEM Montreal 2018, Youngabout Bologna 2018

Study guide: German

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Gaumont (F)

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