L'EXTRAORDINAIRE VOYAGE DE MARONA
France, Romania, Belgium
In 2008, she made her first long feature film as a director, screenwriter and co-producer, CROSSING DATES, a layered story that made Jay Weisseberg write in Variety “keep your eyes on Anca Damian”. The film was selected in international f ilm festivals like Busan, Chicago, Goa, Cottbus, Gothenburg and Rome.
In 2012, her second feature as director, screenwriter and producer, CRULIC – THE PATH TO BEYOND, received international acclaim. The autobiographic narration and the experimental form got the Kafkaesque movie into many festivals world-wide: Locarno, Telluride, BFI London Film Festival, Annecy, Busan, New Directors/New Films in New York among other 250 festivals. The movie got more than 35 international prizes, among which the Cristal Award in Annecy.
In 2013, her next feature, A VERY UNSETTLED SUMMER, an innovative look up on a Pirandello-inspired love triangle, was an English-speaking film with international cast: Kim Bodnia, Jamie Sives and Ana Ularu. The co-production also gathered Romanian, Swedish, Czech and UK partners.
In 2015, her second animated feature THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN continued to establish Anca Damian’s visual innovation style combined with strong topics. The story of a Don Quixote in Afghanistan is also the second film of a trilogy that started with CRULIC. Its world premiere was in Annecy, and its international premiere in Karlovy Vary IFF international competition. It was selected in more than 60 festivals, such as San Sebastian, Leipzig, Amiens, Busan and won 11 international prizes. Anca Damian was also the first to receive the Audentia Award in 2016 offered by Eurimages, which intends to celebrate women who have had the courage to become a director, by giving their work greater visibility and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.
In 2018, her most recent live action feature MOON HOTEL KABUL premiered in Warsaw IFF, where it received the Best Director accolade, while her latest short animated feature THE CALL travelled the world in 40 international festivals, among which Annecy, Toronto, Sundance, and won five international prizes.
She was awarded the Mirada International Award in Madrid International Film Festival 2018 – New Directors Platform, for being “a total creator, a true landmark and an unchallenged inspiration for new directors”.
2018 - THE CALL
2015 - THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
2013 - A VERY UNSETTLED SUMMER
2011 - CRULIC - THE PATH TO BEYOND
2008 - CROSSING DATES
Cast & Crew
Directed by: Anca Damian
Written by: Anghel Damian
Produced by: Anca Damian, Ron Dyens, Tomas Leyers
Original Score: Pablo Pico
Sound: Clément Badin, Lionel Guenon
Animation: Dan Panaitescu, Chloé Roux, Loïc Espouche, Mathieu Labaye
Main Cast: Lizzie Brochere (Marona), Bruno Salomon (Manole)
Nominations and Awards
- European Animated Feature Film 2019