03. November 2015

Munich, 3 November 2015. Beta Cinema partners again with Berlinale winning Romanian producer/director duo Ada Solomon (Golden Bear Best Film 2013 for CHILD’S POSE) and Radu Jude (Silver Bear Best Director 2015 for AFERIM!) and takes world sales for SCARRED HEARTS. Inspired by Romanian author Max Blecher’s namesake novel, Radu Jude tells in several episodes the story of a young man’s agony. Set in 1937, Emanuel, in his early 20s, spends his days at a sanatorium at 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 wither but their minds refuse to give in. Max Blecher wrote the text, hailed as a masterpiece on publication in Romania 1939, as autobiographical notes before dying after ten years suffering at the age of 29.

Producer Ada Solomon: “What is fascinating in this piece (both the original novel & Radu’s film project) is the poetical way of describing a painful experience of a young man, the whole emotional situation of this group of young people, getting ready for life’s final encounter, but at the same time so in love (or even more than normal people) with life, so caring about their future and living the momentum at maximum intensity. The charm of the film comes also from the triple layer cage the characters of the story are living in: caged in their plaster corsets, caged in their sickness, caged in the sanatorium, but still breaking free with force and sufferance.”

Beta Cinema’s Thorsten Ritter: “We are very excited about this renewed collaboration. Radu’s filmmaking skills will complement the literary works of Max Blecher and make this another unforgettable cinematic experience as we’ve been enjoying it with AFERIM!.”

Director Radu Jude: “I believe that the strength of cinema does not lie in the story or in the different philosophies behind the stories, but in its immense descriptive capacity. I hope this movie will not "express" something, will not have any "meanings", will not convey "denotations", I only hope it will show, it will offer the detailed description of an extreme human experience on which to relate with tenderness, fear and respect.”

Starring Lucian Teodor Rus, Ivana Mladenovic and Ilinca Harnut among others, SCARRED HEARTS, which is currently in production, is a Romanian-German co-production between Hi Film & Komplizen Film with the support of the Romanian CNC & Media Program.

For further information:
Beta Cinema Press
Dorothee Stoewahse
Tel: + 49 89 63 84 627