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Original title: La montagne magique/Muntele magic
Directed by Anca Damian
2015. 89m. Romania/France/Poland, 2015. In English. NR
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Intro by director Anca Damian

This film recreates the adventures of Polish photographer and mountaineer Adam J. Winkler (1937–2002), who fought against the Soviets in Afghanistan on the side of the mujahedin. A political refugee in Paris, Winkler was a brave, yet impulsive and cynical idealist. The narrative of this highly original film, created using combined techniques involving actors and, for the most part, animation, is conceived as a dialogue between him and his daughter Ania. Visually, the work is built up around Winkler’s photographs and naive drawings, which are graphically modified: sometimes as sketches, at other times in eye-catching gouache or watercolor, elsewhere via artistically treated and animated sequences, matching both the tragic and the humorous tones of the story.

Screenplay: Anca Damian, Anna Winkler
Animation: Theodore Ushev, Sergiu Negulici, Raluca Popa, Dan Panaitescu, Dragoş Ştefan, Tomek Ducki
Cast: Jean-Marc Barr
Production: Aparte Film, Filmograf, Arizona Productions
Festivals: Karlovy Vary 2015 – Special Mention,  Istanbul 2016 – Audience Award, Amiens 2015 – Golden Unicorn

 

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