By Corina Ciobanu
“Crulic: The Path to Beyond”, the first Romanian animation feature in the past 20 years, written, directed and produced by Anca Damian, was recently included in the official selection of the New York New Directors/ New Films festival (March 21 to April 1). The production won seven awards at prestigious international film festivals last year.
The festival website’s presentation of “Crulic: The Path to Beyond” reads as follows: “Filmmaker Anca Damian’s documentary is by turns chilling and heartbreaking, but also ironic, with a bit of black humor thrown in for good measure. What makes her extraordinary documentary even more compelling is its strong visual style: Damian uses hand drawn, cutout and collage animation techniques to create a strikingly memorable film”.
“Crulic: The Path to Beyond” tells the real-life story of Claudiu Crulic, a 33-old from Dorohoi, arrested in Poland for an alleged theft.
After being featured recently on the programme of the Helsking and Goteborg festivals, Anca Damian’s production will also be represented in the Dublin International Film Fetsival, the Mexico City FICUNAM Festival Internacional de Cine, the Black Movie Geneve Festival de Films des Autres Mondes, and the Kino Pavasaris Vilnius International Film Festival.
Produced in collaboration with The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the prestigious Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the New Directors/New Films festival has been promoting, for over 40 years, the work of newcoming directors, “celebrating the most innovative auctorial voices in world cinema”.