In a Heartbeat

A nine year old girl is scared of the world around her. She watches her parents argue and other kids play. She has no friends so she shuts off, becomes shy and is afraid to be seen by others. But when she sees a classmate bullied by two older boys, she’s the only one who takes a stand and gets other kids to join her. By overcoming her shyness and fear, she takes action and is able to make a difference.

Creative team

Writer/director: Karolina Lewicka
Co-producers: Jon Gustafsson, Karolina Lewicka

Filmmaker’s statement

Karolina Lewicka says:

“The story was inspired by my trip to Berlin and participation at the Berlinale Talent Campus in February 2008.

Direct inspiration comes from the Berlin Wall – the artificial division created to separate people.

The story shows how people create barriers and walls that divide them every day and how they can tear them down in a heartbeat, and concentrate on what brings them together.”

About Karolina Lewicka

Karolina Lewicka

Karolina Lewicka is a director, writer and producer.

Karolina graduated from the Poznan University of Economics in Poland. She also studied business at the University of Toronto.

She co-wrote and co-produced an award-winning documentary, Wrath of Gods, directed by Jon Gustafsson. The documentary screened at numerous film festivals around the world including USA, Portugal, UK and Poland, and received six awards. It was broadcast on RUV in Iceland and CBC in Canada.

In 2008 Karolina was chosen to participate at the Berlinale Talent Campus as a promising producer alongside 50 other producers from around the world. This experience inspired her to write her first short film In a Heartbeat and encouraged her to make it her directorial debut.

In a Heartbeat has been invited to 55 film festivals in numerous countries and has won seven awards including best short film in Uruguay, best live short in Seattle and India, and best original music in Spain.

Karolina is currently developing a script for her first feature film All The Things We Do.

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