Scene from the film Heavy Heart
Scene from the film Heavy Heart
Scene from the film Heavy Heart
Scene from the film Heavy Heart
Scene from the film Heavy Heart
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Heavy Heart

  • Slovakia
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Documentary film Heavy Heart arose as a part of ethnomusicological research Silalo panori / Cold water (2014 – 2017) of ancient Roma songs. These songs are usually connected with memories and experiences of their interprets.

Documentary in a mosaic-like way traces the way of the original Roma music transport to the next generation or also how it ceases to exist under the influence of social changes.

Three stories of young people from Roma communities serve as certain interludes consisting of materials gained during research trips. Anna Michalíková teaches her grandson the old songs, he likes them and the songs are the way for him how to do not lose contact with his old mom. On the other hand, Gusto Dunka is endeavoring to force his pubernal son Erik to learn Romani songs and guitar play. Erik, however, listens to a rompop, and instead of music he scuffles with his friends. Cousins Adrian and Tomas would like to learn to play guitar like Adrian's father Peter. But he is in England and cousins have to attend the Art School, where they teach their scales, sheet ...


  • Original title
    Ťažká duša
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Marek Šulík
  • DOP
    Marek Šulík
  • Editing
    Marek Šulík
  • Sound
    Richard Fűlek, Martin Merc
  • Duration
    71 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Slovakia
  • Colour
    • Colour
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Finále Plzeň 2018
    • South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles
    • Art film fest Košice
    • The International Film Festival Palić
    • WOMEX - World Music EXPO, Las Palmas
    • Viscult. Etnographic Documentary Film Festival, Joensuu, Finland
    • Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival
  • Awards
    • Winner of the Best Documentary Film 2018 South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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