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.
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.
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