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Original title: Inimi cicatrizate
Directed by Radu Jude
NEW YORK PREMIERE
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With an introduction by Declan Spring, the American publisher of Max Blecher’s Adventures in the Immediate Reality.

Romania, 1937. A 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 their attempts to live life to the fullest as their bodies slowly fade away but their minds refuse to give up. This refreshingly unconventional drama is loosely based on Jewish Romanian author Max Blecher’s autobiographical novel Scarred Hearts, written before he died at age 29, after ten years of suffering. Ironically, the hero is never seen scribbling anything in Radu Jude’s (Aferim!) latest. Instead, Jude’s quiet direction allows us to witness an almost surreal carnival of vitality and wry humor in a Magic Mountain–like setting, while outside the hospital, fascism is on the rise.

Romania/Germany, 2016, 141m
Screenplay: Radu Jude
Based on: Max Blecher (novel)
Cinematography: Marius Panduru
Cast: Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Ilinca Harnut, Bogdan Cotlet, Marian Olteanu
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)
Festivals: 69th Locarno Film Festival: Special prize of the jury
Romanian with English subtitles

 

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