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Crulic - The Path to Beyond

Crulic - drumul spre dincolo
Director: Anca Damian

Romania, Poland, 2011, animation, documentary, 73 min, romanian with english and lithuanian subtitles, V
The film tells a true story about the life of Claudiu Crulic, a 33-year-old romanian. In 2007 he was falsely accused of theft and imprisoned in Poland. From day one of detention, he went on a hunger strike protesting his innosence and asking for a meeting with somebody from the Romanian Consulate. But authorities dismissed Crulic‘s requests, so he kept starving. In the beginning of 2008 his condition became very bad and Crulic was transfered to hospital, where he soon died. In her animated documentary film “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” romanian director Anca Damian recreates this dramatic story, that shocked all Europe. The film is a unique work of art, combining different animation techniques, remarkable for its strong visual style and ironic, yet sensitive story-telling.
 
Awards:
 
2011 – Amnesty Award at the Copenhagen International Documentary Festival CPH:DOX (Denmark).
2011 – Special Don Quixote Award at the Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland).
2011 – Silver Eye Award for Best Mid-length Documentary at the East Silver Market (Jihlava, Czech Republic).
2012 – Cristal award for the Best Feature at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival (France)
2012 – Silver Puma Award for Best Director and Audience Award at the National Autonomous University of Mexico International Film Festival (FICUNAM) (Mexico City, Mexico).
2012 – selected to compete for the European Parliament‘s 2012 LUX Prize.
 
About the director:
 
Romanian film director, screenwriter and producer Anca Damian was born in 1962 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. She studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts (Bucharest, Romania) where she obtained a diploma in Cinematography and a PhD in Arts, Cinema and Media. A. Damian worked as director of photography on feature films, shorts and documentaries, many of them were awarded prizes for cinematography. She also co-directed several documentaries and art-films with LaurenÈ›iu Damian. In 2008, Anca Damian directed her first feature film “Crossing Dates” (Intalniri incrucisate), which was screened at the film festivals all over the world and won the awards for directing and editing. “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” is director‘s second critically acclaimed feature film.
Section: Retrospektyva

Screenplay: Anca Damian

Dir. of Photography: Ilija Zogowski

Music: Piotr Dziubek