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Crulic – The Path to Beyond

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Thu, Apr 26

   6:30 / PFA
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Sun, Apr 29

   12:30 / Kabuki
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Wed, May 2

   6:15 / Kabuki
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Crulic -- drumul spre dincolo

Documentaries

Romania/Poland/France, 2011, 70 min

CREDITS

dir
Anca Damian
prod
Anca Damian
scr
Anca Damian
editor
Catalin Cristutiu
mus
Piotr Dziubek
source
Wide Management, 40 rue Sainte Anne, 75002 Paris, France. FAX: 33-1-53-95-04-65. EMAIL: infos@widemanagement.com. WEB: www.crulic.ro


Whoever said dead men tell no tales hasn’t met Crulic. In Anca Damian’s visually inventive film, he even narrates the events following his demise, including his body’s identification in the morgue and his coffin’s transportation along windy roads in a quest for burial. Viewers soon learn that Crulic died during a hunger strike in Poland. His protest served as a last gesture against false imprisonment on the charge that he stole money from a judge. Crulic’s ghost haunts this tale in a calm and detached manner, retracing the steps that brought him to a sham trial defined by a casual absurdity that rivals some of the most distressing moments in Kafka. Drawing from actual events, the film’s beautifully layered mix of watercolor backdrops, collage cutouts, photographs and live-action animation intensifies the stark injustice of Crulic’s fate, while visualizing his vanishing memory. Crulic calls for us to heed history—by coming to terms with a wrongful death that has not yet been put to rest.

with short:
AND/OR
An artist negotiates with interior and/or exterior muses. Subtle metamorphoses in the colorful hand-drawn animation mirror a voiceover that oscillates whimsically between characters. (Emily Hubley, USA 2012, 6 min)

—Michael Krimper



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Anca Damian

Romanian filmmaker Anca Damian made her feature debut in 2008 with Crossing Dates, which she directed, wrote and coproduced. She has worked as director of photography on Forgotten by God (1991) and The Way of Dogs (1992), as well as numerous shorts and documentaries, many of which have won awards for cinematography. She has received both a degree in cinematography and a doctorate in arts, media and cinema from the Academy of Theater and Film Arts in Hungary.