Scarred Hearts

“Alternately funny, raunchy and sad, Scarred Hearts is an intimate look at one writer making the best of awful conditions.” 


During the summer of 1937, Emanuel, a young man in his early 20ies, is committed to a sanatorium on the Black Sea coast for treatment of his bone tuberculosis. The treatment consists of painful spine punctures that confine him to a plaster on a stretcher-bed.

Little by little, as Emanuel gets accustomed to the sadness of his new life, he discovers that inside the sanatorium there is still a life to be lived to the fullest. He makes friends and engages in conversations, political for the most part. He reads, he writes, he smokes and drinks, interacts with doctors, nurses and stretcher-bearers. He observes how healing seems to be happening transiently, following mysterious laws: some patients get better, some worse, others die. He even has a romantic relationship, while outside Romania doesn‘t have much to offer him, turning more and more into an extreme right-wing society…


  • 69th Locarno Int’l Film Festival : Silver Leopard / Special prize of the jury
  • 31st Mar del Plata Int’l Film Festival: Silver Astor / Best director



  • 2016 Scarred Hearts
  • 2015 Aferim!
  • 2012 Everybody in Our Family
  • 2009 The Happiest Girl in the World


Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Ilinca Harnut, Bogdan Cotlet, Marian Olteanu


Screeplay: Radu Jude
Based on: Max Blecher (novel)
Editing: Catalin Cristutiu
Sound design: Mirel Cristea
Art direction: Dinica Tiberiu
Producers: Ada Solomon, Ioana Draghici, Jonas Dornbach
Production: Hi Film Productions (RO) in co-production with Komplizen Film GmbH (DE)
Associate Production: Bord Cadre films (CH)

Technical Data

Format: colour / stereo, 5.1
Runtime: 141′
Released: 2016
Language: Romanian
Subtitles: English, German