Crulic The Path To Beyond / Crulic drumul spre dincolo (Romania/Poland, 2011)

directed by Anca Damian, animated documentary, 72 min, eng subtitles
written by Anca Damian
with Vlad Ivanov, Sandrine Bonnaire, Jamie Sives (voices)

This animated feature-length documentary tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33 year old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike, completely ignored by both Romanian and Polish authorities. The event triggered a diplomatic scandal and investigation, which culminated with the resignation of the Romanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov (the shady abortionist Mr Bebe in 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days) 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 that blend to create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.

Awards:
Locarno IFF 2011 (Don Quixote Award - Special Mention)
Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema 2011 (Award of the Ecumenical Jury, Honorable Mention)
Annecy International Animated Film Festival 2012 (Best Animated Feature Film)