Crulic – the Path to Beyond

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    Crulic – the Path to Beyond

    Crulic – drumul spre dincolo

    Directed by

    • Anca Damian

    Romania, Poland


    73 min

    • English
    • Romanian

    Animation, Documentary

    The animated documentary feature-length CRULIC – THE PATH TO BEYOND tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike.


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    • Silver Eye Award for Best Mid-length Documentary
    • Amnesty Award, CPH:DOX
    • Special Mention, FF Locarno
    • Special Mention, Warsaw FF
    • Cristal for Best Feature, Annecy IAFF
    • Honorary Mention & Ecumenical Jury Award, Cottbus FF
    • Silver Puma for Best Director & Audience Award, FICUNAM
    • Best Sound & Best Original Music, Gopa Awards
    • Special Jury Prize / Human Rights in Cinema, Istanbul FF
    • Special Prize of the Jury & Best Music (for Piotr Dziubek), Gdynia FF


    Vlad Ivanov
    Jamie Sives
    Anca Damian
    Catalin Cristutiu
    Piotr Dziubek

    Director's Statement

    Obviously the story is connected to the Rumanian and Polish context, but it is simply because I think that it is necessary to present concret things to offer the audience a vision of universal problems. People who leave their families to travel abroad to in order to earn some money to send home are not only in those countries, but everywhere. We are all brothers, I prefer talking about people in general and not only about some people.



    Beautiful artwork and a powerful story are the key elements of animated docu CRULIC - THE PATH TO BEYOND.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Anca Damian

    Anca Damian


    I believe in complex feelings. 'Laughing and crying' is a much stronger emotion than crying alone.

    Born in 1962 in Romania, Anca Damian studied cinema and worked as a Director of Photography on two feature films, FORGOTTEN BY GOD (1991) and THE WAY OF DOGS (1992), as well as on many shorts and documentaries, almost all of which awarded with national prizes for Cinematography. She also worked as a director, screenwriter and producer on several award winning documentaries. Her debut feature was CROSSING DATES (2008), a Romanian-Finish co-production, which was selected at Pusan, Chicago, Goteborg, Pune, Cottbus, Goa and Rome Independent Film Festival. Her next film, CRULIC – THE PATH TO BEYOND, mixes documentary and animation technique. It premiered in Locarno where it received a Special Mention. The film won the Best Feature Award at Annecy International Animated Film Festival, the Amnesty Award at CPH:DOX, the Special Prize of the Jury at Istanbul IFF and a special mention at Warsaw IFF.
    In 2015, her feature animated documentary THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN selected at Karlovy Vary IFF in Competition. It follows the photographer Adam J. Winkler, who fought in Afghanistan with the mujahedin against the Soviets in the 80s.
    Her latest film MOON HOTEL KABUL (2018) won the Best Director Award at Warsaw IFF.

    Selected Filmography