A film by Radu Jude. "Scarred Hearts" celebrated its world premiere in competition at The Locarno Film Festival 2016 and won the Special Jury Prize and Don Quijote Prize of the FICC/IFFS

Year  2016

Length: 141 min

Format:   1:1, 85

Country of production  ROU, GER

Intro | Synopsis

  1. Emanuel, a twenty-year old young man suffering from bone tuberculosis, is admitted to a seaside sanatorium. A free adaptation of the writings of M. Blecher.
    "My whole effort consists of writing a good, readable book, but that may be too vague for you, so I will explain more. … It is a document of human value, applicable anywhere. Even in my search for character names I made sure to pick well-chosen names, with a general resonance. I will make it so that the reader does not wonder where it is all happening and cares only for the events and cases described. It is so riddled with harsh, heart-wrenching realities that I may have to give up some of them. …. There will be graver, more overwhelming realities, operating rooms, bandages changed in white, cold, terrifying clinic rooms and love stories between plaster-clad patients." (a fragment from a letter written by M. Blecher to poet Geo Bogza, 1936)


A Hi Film (Romania) production in co-production with Komplizen Film (Germany) in associationt with Bord Cadre Films, in collaboration with The Post Republic, developed with the support of Cinemart, Sofia Meetings, with the support of Romanian CNC, Studioul de Creație Cinematografică al Ministerului Culturii, Media Programm of the EU und Eurimages, with the participation of Cinema City, AdePlast SA, Covalact, Henkel Romania, Havas, Audi România, Metro Cash & Carry România, ING Bank România, Zenith Romania, Farmacia Dona, Libra Internet Bank, Clinica Medicală Hipocrat 2000 and HBO Europe.



Gabriel Spahiu


Lucian Teodor Rus


Ivana Mladenovic


Ilinca Hărnuț

Dr. Ceafalan

Șerban Pavlu

Mr. Lazar B.

Alexandru Dabija

Mrs. Bella B.

Dana Voicu


Marius Damian


Bogdan Cotleț

Marian Olteanu

Fernando Klabin

Adina Cristescu

Sarra Tsorakidis

Larisa Crunțeanu

Alexandru Bogdan


Written and directed by

Radu Jude

Director of Photography

Marius Panduru Rsc


Catalin Cristutiu

Production Design

Cristian Niculescu

Costume Design 

Dana Paparuz

Make Up

Bianca Boeroiu

Original Sound

Jürg Lempen

Sound Designer

Dana Bunescu

Line Producer

Ioana Draghici

Associate Producers

Jamal Zeinal Zade

Dan Wechsler


Jonas Dornbach, Janine Jackowski, Maren Ade (Komplizen Film)


Ada Solomon (Hi Film)


Locarno International Film Festival 2016

Competition: Special Jury Prize and Don Quijote Prize of the FICC/IFFS

Hamburg Producers Award for European Cinema Co-Productions

to Komplizen Film and Hi Film Productions

Haifa International Film Festival

Special Mention

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

Silver Astor for Best Director, Signis Award for Best Film in Competition and ADF Award for Best Cinematography


Locarno International Film Festival 2016, Competition

Sarajevo International Film Festival

Filmfest Hamburg

BFI London Film Festival

Vancouver International Film Festival

Festival du Nouveau Cinema Montreal

Busan International Film Festival

CinEast, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival

Warsaw International Film Festival

Film Fest Gent

Haifa International Film Festival

Mostra Sao Paolo International Film Festival

Viennale – Vienna International Film Festival

Kyiv International Film Festival Molodist


Leeds International Film Festival

Minsk International Film Festival

Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Seville International Film Festival

Taipei Golden Horse International Film Festival

Ljubljana International Film Festival

Tallin Black Nights Film Festival

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

International Film Festival of India in Goa

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema, New York