a butterfly's heart

Drugelio širdis

Directed by: Inesa Kurklietyte

This is the delightful story of ten-year-old Juozapas, a boy who survived a difficult birth with the rare but real condition of his heart living outside of his chest. Throughout his young life, Juozapas has tried to avoid too much interaction with other children, just to play it safe. Indeed, the centre of his world is a magnificent deserted house nearby. His closest friends are the many insects who occupy a terrarium, lovingly crafted by Juozapas in the form of a hotel. When a young girl named Rugilė arrives in town, Juozapas begins to discover new ways of seeing life and himself. Sensitive and charming, A Butterfly’s Heart is a beautiful story of one boy’s quest to find acceptance in an often unforgiving world.

Cast: Vilne Konstancija Abukeviciute, Mindaugas Balabonas, Egle Jackaite

108 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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