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Original title: Crulic: drumul spre dincolo
Directed by Anca Damian
2011. 73m. Romania/Poland. Romanian with English subtitles. NR
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Q&A with director Anca Damian

When Claudiu Crulic, a young Romanian in Poland, was arrested for a crime he didn’t commit, he became a pawn in a Kafkaesque miscarriage of justice and went on a hunger strike to protest his treatment in jail. Damian’s documentary is by turns chilling and heartbreaking—Crulic himself “narrates” the film posthumously, his words voiced by Vlad Ivanov, star of such Romanian New Wave titles as Police, Adjective and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days—but also ironic, with a bit of black humor thrown in. What makes this extraordinary documentary even more compelling is its strong visual style: Damian uses hand-drawn, cutout, and collage animation techniques to create a strikingly memorable film.

Screenplay: Anca Damian
Animation: Dan Panaitescu, Raluca Popa,Dragoș
Ștefan, Roxana Bentu, Tuliu Oltean
Cast: Vlad Ivanov
Production: Aparte Film
Festivals: Locarno 2011 (Special Mention), Warsaw (Special Mention of the Jury), Jihlava (Silver Eye Award),  Telluride, New Directors/New Films

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