"Battleheart" Wins Award in Locarno

Serce do walki
Serce do walki. Photo via filmpolski.pl


Serce do walki (Battleheart), directed by Tomasz Matuszczak, received special recognition at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Special Recognition of the Jury

Serce do walki (Battleheart) received special recognition from the Cinema & Gioventù jury for “its outstanding aesthetics, the beauty of photography, scenery and acting.”


Battleheart screened in the Pardi di domani international short film competition. This Locarno section focuses on short films made by film students or independent filmmakers before their feature debut. This year the Pardi di domani competition was judged by jury members Mark Peploe (chairman), Laurent Achard, Robin Harsch, Isabelle Mayor, and Kleber Mendonça Filho. The winner of the Pardi di domani competition was The Mass of Men. directed by Gabriel Gauchet.

Serce do walki (Battleheart)

Serce do walki (Battleheart) is the story of two young people living in a small Polish town. For years, their neighbourhood has been ruled by the football fans of two rival teams. Maciek and Julka, the Romeo and Juliet of the modern age, are on opposite sides of the football barricades, and their love causes a series of tragic events.


The film was made within the framework of the 30 Minutes programme of the Munk Studio, and was co-produced by Vostok8. The Locarno screening was Battleheart‘s first presentation abroad. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and is represented by the Krakow Film Foundation.


Based on the press release


Translated by Karolina Kołtun