This cult-worthy piece puts us in the middle of Berlin’s bar scene as a man tries to save his mother.
Heiko’s mother, Belinda, suffers from keratoconus, a rare deformity of the cornea. She is gradually losing her vision and could soon go completely blind if she is not treated. Belinda’s eyesight could be restored with the cornea of a deceased donor, but such a transplant is expensive. For Heiko, this marks the beginning of an odyssey through the Berlin bar scene. In order to raise the money for his mother’s operation, he faces off against the best darts players in the city, at first reluctantly, but then determinedly, euro for euro. His opponents, however, have completely different motives. They draw Heiko into a downward spiral that he could not have conceived of.
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Meet the director
In 1988, Dominik Galizia was born in Trier, where he spent the first 18 years of his life before moving to Paris to be a stunt coordinator at Disneyland. Film has always been his greatest passion, so in 2010 he moved to Berlin to become a director. At music video production companies, he learned about the creative process of filmmaking and began to realize various short films and music videos. At age 26, he shot his first feature film, FIGAROS WÖLFE, which was financed completely independently. The film premiered at the Fantasy Filmfest in Berlin in September 2017. HEIKOS WELT is his second feature film.