Moon Hotel Kabul

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    Moon Hotel Kabul

    Directed by

    Romania, France


    90 min

    • Romanian


    Ivan Semciuc is a charismatic and cynic journalist. At the end of a mission in Kabul, he has a seemingly meaningless one-night sex with Ioana, a translator. The next day, back in Bucharest, he learns that she has been found dead, with her wrists cut. Ivan’s unshakeable process of living starts a vital revolution as Ioana becomes more vivid in death than in life.


    • Best Director - Warsaw IFF



    Florin Piersic Jr.
    Ofelia Popii
    Adrian Titieni
    Rodica Negrea
    Iulian Postelnicu
    Alexandru Nagy
    Lia Bugnar
    Anca Damian
    Dominic Colin
    Basile Belkiri
    Romain Trouillet
    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.

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