Scene from the film The Blunder of Love
Scene from the film The Blunder of Love
Scene from the film The Blunder of Love
Scene from the film The Blunder of Love
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The Blunder of Love

  • Germany
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A young man meets a young woman and both fall for each other. A house is built, children are born, the fairy tale story of boundless love takes its course. A grandson sets out to explore the myth of his grandparents’ romance and tries to honour his deceased grandfather on film, assisted by all the surviving relatives. Not an easy undertaking when things may not have been exactly as the family tradition would have it...

In his search Rocco Di Mento unearths old 8mm home movies, an unpublished novel, various love letters and a whole host of long-suppressed feelings. It’s hardly surprising that this mixture begins to develop a dynamic of its own. Suddenly the issue is no longer only the search for the love of one’s life but also the questions of what holds people together above and beyond their relationship status and degree of kinship and how forgiveness is possible even though you have long since lost faith in it. An ingeniously constructed family constellation full of Italian temperament, in which tension, emotion and truthfulness are inextricably linked. Because: “Even if you leave you will always be part of your family.” (Luc-Carolin Ziemann, DOK Leipzig)

This film won our Doc Alliance Award 2021. It was nominated by DOK Leipzig.


  • Original Title
    The Blunder of Love
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Sabine Panossian
  • Editing
    Antonella Sarubbi, Valentina Cicogna, Rocco Di Mento
  • Music
    Franziska May
  • Sound
    Jerome Huber
  • Runtime
    84 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Germany
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • DOK Leipzig 2020
    • Biografilm International Celebration of Lives 2021 (Italy)
    • Chesnok Film Festival for Human Rights
    • Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2021 (Poland)
    • Ji.hlava IDFF (Czech Republic)
    • Doc Lisboa (Portugal)
    • Salina Doc Fest (Italy)
    • Achtung Berlin (Germany)
    • Marché du Film de Cannes (France)
  • Awards
    • Biografilm International Celebration of Lives 2021 (Italy) - The New Talents Award
    • Special mention of the Jury -Salina Doc Fest (Italy)
    • Doc Alliance Award “Best feature film” - Marché du Film de Cannes (France), is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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