Romanian film wins 2nd highest honor at Locarno together with ‘Dogs’ now at Sarajevo Film Festival

The Special Jury Prize at the 69th Locarno Film Festival (August 3-13) was presented to Romanian director Radu Jude for Scarred Hearts, inspired by Max Blecher’s eponymous autobiographical novel, which was co-produced by Berlin-based Komplizen Film, the makers of Toni Erdmann. The Special Jury Prize is the second highest honor at Locarno.

Jude’s film also picked up the International Federation of Film Societies’ Don Quixote Prize.

Don Quixote” Prize, awarded at various festivals, consists in a medal and a diploma, as well as in promotion of the film all around the world, with the film societies’ help.

Radu Jude wrote the screenplay and directed. The “Scarred Hearts” action takes place in 1937 when Emanuel, a 20-year-old young man, sick of bone tuberculosis, is admitted in a sanatorium on the seaside.

Actors Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic, Ilinca Hărnuţ, Şerban Pavlu, Marian Olteanu, Alexandru Dabija, Dana Voicu, Fernando Klabin and Adina Cristescu are starring.

Jude’s Scarred Hearts was also selected for the Official Competition at Sarajevo International Film Festival, running August 12-20, alongside “Dogs” by Bogdan Mirica and Album, a Turkey, France, Romania co-production. The three movies are are all in the Official Competition.

Dogs” feature film by Romanian director Bogdan Mirică, a crime thriller set in a benighted corner of Romania, won FIPRESCI’s jury vote for best picture in this year’s Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

Mirica’s debut movie also won the official competition of this year’s Transylvania International Film Festival (TIFF).

Mirică’s debut feature belongs to a tradition of cynical, almost nihilistic crime thrillers in which a relatively petty motive can leave dozens lying in pools of their own blood. Though we experience the film through the eyes of a naïve outsider, Roman (Dragoș Bucur), who leaves the law and order of the city to tend to an inheritance issue, the first shot — in which flies buzz ominously as the camera tracks through nettles and weeds to a stagnant pool of water, the calm surface of which is disturbed first by bubbles and then the shocking appearance of a severed human foot — promises something far more sinister just beneath the surface of this rural grassland,” reads a review of the film by

More Romanian films are to compete at the 41st edition of the Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) due on September 8-18. The competition sections include movies such as “Baccalaureate” by Cristian Mungiu, “Sieranevada” by Cristi Puiu, “All rivers run to the sea” by Alexandru Badea and “Fixeur” by Adrian Sitaru. TIFF is one of the most important film festivals on the North American continent, next to Sundance and Tribeca.

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