Crush My Heart

A Film by Alexandra Makarová

Synopsis

ZERSCHLAG MEIN HERZ.
Somewhere in the outskirts of Vienna, gypsy mafia man Rocky rules his “family” with an iron fist. Among the members is teenage street beggar Pepe, who is forced to surrender his daily proceeds. One day, young Marcela arrives from East Slovakia, home of the family boss, to work off her father’s debt. Before long, love is in the air between her and Pepe. The trouble is that Rocky has plans of his own for Marcela…

Director

  • Picture of Alexandra Makarová © Alexandra Makarová

    Alexandra Makarová

    Alexandra Makarová was born in 1985 in Košice, Slovakia. After the fall of the iron curtain she moved with her mother, an impressionistic painter, to Vienna/Austria. She studied Directing and Scriptwriting in Vienna. Her short films such as AN EINEM ANDEREN TAG and SOLA, participated at several International Festivals. Makarová lives and works in Vienna and Berlin.
    CRUSH MY HEART is her 1st feature film. It is also the first feature film for DOP Georg Weiss, producer Simon Schwarz, writer Sebastian Schmidl, composer Johannes Winkler and the first experience in acting for the main cast Simona Kovacova and Roman Pokuta.

Awards + Festivals

  • 19th DIAGONALE FESTIVAL OF AUSTRIAN FILM (Official Selection, World Premiere, Graz, Austria)March 15, 2018
  • 25th ART FILM FEST KOŠICE (Official Selection, Košice, Slovakia)June 17, 2018
  • OPEN AIR: KINO WIE NOCH NIE (Official Selection, Augarten, Austria)July 18, 2018
  • 12th FÜNF SEEN FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Starnberg, Germany)September 6, 2018
  • *BEST SCREENPLAY*
    40th BIBERACHER FILMFESTSPIELE (Official Selection, Biberach an der Riß, Germany)October 30, 2018
  • CULTURE FORUM BRATISLAVA (Official Selection, Slovakia)December 17, 2018
  • 45th INT’L FILM WEEKEND WÜRZBURG (Official Selection, Germany)January 24, 2019
  • 3rd OPEN WINDOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kolkata, India)February 17, 2019
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    4th INDIE-LINCS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lincolnshire, UK)February 14, 2019
  • 5th FELACOS - FESTIVAL DE LARGOS Y CORTOS DE SANTIAGO (Official Selection, Santiago, Región Metropolit, Chile)March 7, 2019
  • 33rd BOLZANO FILM FESTIVAL BOZEN (Official Selection, Bozen, Italy)April 9, 2019
  • 8th NEW AUSTRIAN CINEMA FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)April 11, 2019
  • *BEST PRODUCER FEATURE FILM/CINEMA*
    ROMY ACADEMY AWARD 2019 (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)April 13, 2019
  • 29th FILMKUNSTFEST MV (Official Competition, Schwerin, Germany)April 30, 2019
  • *WINNER GOE BRIDGING THE BORDERS AWARD*
    SOUTH EAST EUROPEAN FILMFESTIVAL LOS ANGELES (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)May 1, 2019
  • 16th INDY FILM FEST (Official Selection, Indianapolis, IN, USA)May 2, 2019
  • 5th PHOENIX FILM FESTIVAL MELBOURNE (Official Selection, Melbourne, Victoria, Australien)June 2, 2019
  • 6th MIND THE INDIE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Plovidv, Bulgaria)June 14, 2019
  • 'BEST FEATURE FILM*
    2nd PORTO FEMME INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Porto, Portugal)June 18, 2019
  • 3rd SANTIAGO DEL ESTERO FILM FEST (Official Selection, Santiago del Estero, Argentina)June 25, 2019
  • 2nd HONG KONG FILM ART INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kwai Chung, Hong Kong)July 6, 2019
  • THE MOST IMPORTANT FILMS 2019 - FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Las Vegas, USA)July 26, 2019
  • 7th ARIANO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ariano, Italy)July 28, 2019
  • 4th REGINA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Regina, Canada)August 13, 2019
  • 1st WEST EUROPE - FUSION INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVALS (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)August 17, 2019

Crew

Director
Alexandra Makarová
Screenplay
Alexandra Makarová, Sebastian Schmidl
Producer
Simon Schwarz, Konstantin Seitz/ Alternative Productions
Director of Photography
Georg Weiss
Art Direction
Momo Ehegartner
Costume Design
Momo Ehegartner
Sound
Peter Rösner
Editor
Lisa Zoe Geretschläger
Sound Design
Peter Rösner
Music
Johannes Winkler

Details

Running Time
99:07 min
Shooting Format
RED
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
Cinemascope (2,35:1)
Sound
Dolby 5.1

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 61620068

film@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Alternative Productions
Att. Simon Schwarz/Konstantin Seitz
Irenentalstrasse 51
A-3011 Tullnerbach
+43 676 8484 87870
office@alternative.at

WEBSITE

www.zerschlagmeinherz.at
www.crushmyheart.at

DIRECTOR

Alexandra Makarová
alex.makarova@hotmail.com