Scarred Hearts

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    Scarred Hearts

    Inimi Cicatrizate

    Directed by

    Romania, Germany


    141 min

    • Romanian


    Romania, 1937. Emanuel, a 20-year-old young man, spends his days at a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast, suffering from bone tuberculosis. Falling in love with another patient, he narrates his and his fellow patients’ attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away, but their minds refuse to give up. Inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher’s autobiographical novel Scarred Hearts, written before he died, after ten years of suffering, at the age of 29.


    • Special Jury Prize - FF Locarno
    • Special Mention (Between Jewish and Israeli Identity Competition) - Haifa IFF
    • Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Costumes, Best Make-up and Hairstyling - Gopo Awards
    • Best Film (Romanian Days) - Transilvania IFF



    Lucian Teodor Rus
    Ivana Mladenovic
    Ilinca Harnut
    Serban Pavlu
    Marian Olteanu
    Alexandru Dabija
    Dana Voicu
    Adina Cristescu
    Sarra Tsorakidis
    Larisa Crunțeanu
    Marius Damian
    Bogdan Cotlet
    Gabriel Spahiu
    Alexandru Bogdan
    Radu Jude
    Marius Panduru
    Cătălin Cristuțiu


    A new perspective on status, death, health and discrimination.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    There is a dispassionate, observant quality to Jude’s direction but enough humour and emotion in the story to warm the film.

    Allan Hunter, Screen Daily

    Achieves a poetic dimension.

    Ethan Vestby, The Film Stage

    Radu Jude

    Radu Jude


    I think that cinema has this quality, to see things from a certain distance, a quality which can offer to a viewer the possibility of looking at something told in an objective way and to form his/her own opinion

    Radu Jude (1977, Romania) directed a series of short films, The Tube with a Hat (2006, winner of the Short Filmmaking Award at 2007 Sundance) and Alexandra (2007). His debut feature, The Happiest Girl in the World (2009), was awarded the CICAE prize in the Berlinale Forum and was selected for over fifty film festivals. The film was released in cinemas in France, UK, Austria and Spain. His second feature film, Everybody in Our Family (2012), premiered in the Berlinale Forum, and received the Heart of Sarajevo FF Award, amongst others. His latest short films, Shadow of a Cloud (2013) and It Can Pass through the Wall (2014), were selected in the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs. The latter was awarded a Special Mention. World premiered in the 2015 Berlinale Competition, Jude’s third feature Aferim! was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director, Best Film and the Distribution Award at IndieLisboa, and has been at over sixty festivals. Also, Aferim! represents Romania for the Foreign Language Academy Award.

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