The Magic Mountain

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    The Magic Mountain

    La Montagne magique

    Directed by

    Romania, France, Poland


    85 min

    • French

    Animation, Documentary, Experimental

    THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN investigates the adventures of mountain climber and photographer Adam J. Winkler, who fought in Afghanistan with the Mujahideen against the Soviets in the 1980s. The director employs a highly original artistic technique involving animated collage of period materials.


    • Special Mention - Karlovy Vary IFF
    • Audientia Award (Human Rights in Cinema Competition) - Istanbul FF
    • Outstanding Eastern European Film - Dok Leipzig


    Labels & Line Ups


    Anca Damian
    Ania Winkler
    Studio Miniatur Filmowych
    Alexandru Balanescu
    Festival Bookings


    A captivating exploration of an amazing destiny.

    Stefan Dobroiu, Cineuropa

    A work that impressively bears witness to how the medium [of] film is able to repeatedly reinvent itself.

    Dok Leipzig Jury

    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