07. Juli 2008

Munich, 7 July 2008. The film Heart of Fire about the fate of a child soldier in Eritrea has won an Audience Award at the European Film Festival in Brussels. The production by Luigi Falorni (Oscar nomination for "The Story of the Weeping Camel") was inspired by the international bestseller of the same name by Senait G. Mehari and was screened in competition at this year’s Berlinale. Beta Cinema sold the film to the U.S. (7th Art), Great Britain and Ireland (Metrodome), Italy (Bim Distribuzione), France (Ocean), Greece (Seven Films) and other territories. 
Director and scriptwriter Luigi Falorni portrays the life of Awet, who becomes a member of a rebel organization in Eritrea at the age of ten. There the girl experiences friendship and develops passion for the ideals of freedom, but she also witnesses the overwhelming madness of war as she is confronted with death and fanaticism. Her courage and conscience finally show her a way out. Heart of Fire is a BurkertBareiss production of TV60 Film in coproduction with Senator Film Produktion, Aichholzer Film, Beta Film, Bayerischer Rundfunk and arte.