Born in 1909, Romanian writer and poet Max Blecher
poured on his novel Scarred Hearts the experience of the
time he spent in a hotel-clinic due to spinal tuberculosis.
Blecher had collaborated with Andre Breton’s famous
literary magazine Surrealism in the Service of the Revolution,
and kept a correspondence with great thinkers of that
time like Gide and Heidegger. Radu Jude’s fifth film is a
free adaptation of Blecher’s autobiographical novel. Set
in the 1930s, the film goes through the relationships the
writer forged with the patients, doctors, and, especially,
his own illness. The story is focused on Emanuel, his alter
ego, who learns how to see the world from a horizontal
position, as he is a prisoner of his plaster corset. Raw yet
never morbid, Scarred Hearts is a journal of convalescence
that doesn't focus solely on tragedy: the filmmaker
applies the same care to a love scene as to one featuring
a pus extraction.
He was born in
Bucharest, Romania, in 1977. He started in cinema as an assistant director in films by Costa-Gavras and Cristi
Puiu. He directed several short films and four features, including Aferim! (
2015), which won him a Silver Bear
for Best Director in Berlinale.