Regional Competition


Anca Damian
Screening time  
28.02. / Tuesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
01.03. / Thursday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
‘Crulic – The Path to Beyond’ is an unusual animated feature narrated by its main protagonist from beyond the grave.

Narrated from beyond the grave by its main protagonist, ‘Crulic – The Path to Beyond’ is an unusual animated feature telling the story of a 33-year-old Romanian, who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike. He was wrongly accused of stealing credit cards from a Polish judge in Krakow when he claims he was not in the country. The film reconstructs his life story from the available evidence, but its animated techniques lift its analysis to a new expressive level. The use of hand drawn images, collage, stop motion, and cut out animation brings subtlety and poetry to a tragic story that is both beautifully written and sensitively visualised. The character of Crulic is voiced by the Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov, noted for his work in Romanian ‘New Wave’ fi lms. This fi lm it is both a strong indictment of a prison system guided only by rules and an exposure of bureaucratic failings.

Anca Damian

Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts where she obtained a diploma in Cinematography and a Doctor’s Degree in Arts, Cinema and Media. Anca worked as Director of Photography on two feature films, (‘Forgotten by God’ 1991, ‘The Way of Dogs’ 1992) and on many shorts and documentaries, and almost all of which were awarded national prizes for Cinematography. In 2008, Anca made her first feature film as a director, screenwriter and co-producer – ‘Crossing Dates’.

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2011, 73', color, video

Directed by:
Anca Damian

Screenplay by:
Anca Damian

Dan Panaitescu, Raluca Popa, Dragos Stefan, Roxana Bentu, Tuliu Oltean

Edited by:
Catalin Cristutiu

Piotr Dziubak

Anca Damian

Produced by:
Aparte Film; in co-production with Fundacja im. Ferdynanda Magellana and Editura Video