35mm, DCP, HD - 2011 - Romania & Poland - 73 min - Color

Crulic – The Path to Beyond

Crulic - Drumul spre dincolo (original title)

A film by Anca Damian

The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the life’s story of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while making hunger strike. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov, narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave. A strong visual style, the result of beautiful hand drawn, collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, blend to create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.

Anca Damian


She 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 at two long feature films (FORGOTTEN BY GOD – 1991, THE WAY OF DOGS – 1992) and at a lot of shorts and documentaries, and almost all of them got national prizes for the Direction of Photography.

After that she worked as a director, screenwriter and producer for several of award winning documentaries.


In 2008 she made her first long feature film as a director, screenwriter and   co-producer. INTALNIRI INCRUCISATE- CROSSING DATES (2008), a Romanian-Finish co-production, was selected at Pusan, Chicago, Goteborg, Pune International Film Festivals, Festival of East European Cinema (Cottbus) India International Film Festival (Goa), Rome Independent Film Festival.   


A VERY UNSETTLED SUMMER” is the next feature film that she will produce and direct. Maria Dinulescu , Jamie Sives, Kim Bodnia are confirmed in the cast and Film I Väst  and Illusion Films are Swedish co-producers already committed to the project.

Anca Damian


2006: The Museum by the Avenue

2003:  Liberty Exercise

2001:  Porto Franco 2000

2001:  The Unattainable Paradise

Original language: Romanian & English
Produced by: Aparte Film
In coproduction with: Fundacja im. Ferdynanda Magellana and Romanian Ministry of Culture and the Romanian Heritage/ Editura Video, Krakow Festival Office
With the participation of: Romanian National Centre of Cinema, Polish Film Institute, Krakow Regional Film Fund
With the support of: HBO Romania, Romanian National Television, Soros Foundation Romania


Locarno Film Festival 2011 - IFFS Special Mention 2011

Warsaw Film Festival 2011 - Jury' Special Mention & Ecumenical Jury's Special Mention

Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2011 - Silver Eye award (Best film)

FilmFestival Cottbus 2011 - Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

CPH DOX 2011 – Amnesty Awards

FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine, Mexico 2012 - Best Director Award

Annecy International Film Festival - The Cristal For Best Feature