Publish Date: January, 2016
Author: Paraskevi Karageorgu
[…] Communist oppression, immigration, invasion, resistance, fight for the meaning of life, for justice, capability to identify yourself with a foreign country’s cause. The Magic Mountain (2015) tells the story of Adam Jacek Winkler, a Polish refugee in Paris, who goes to Afghanistan to fight against the Bolsheviks, thus becoming yet another unknown hero in the ‘tales of heroism’ trilogy by director Anca Damian. The film was awarded with the Grand Prize for Best Feature-Length Film at the Amiens International Film Festival in France and received a Special mention at the Main Competition Jury at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, as well as Ottawa International Animation Film Festival.
Damian is a Romanian director that has received a Cristal for Best Feature Film at the 2012 Annecy International Animated Film Festival for her first animated documentary: Crulic – The Path to Beyond (2011), telling the story of the struggles of a Romanian immigrant who died in a prison while on a hunger strike. With these two films, Anca Damian has established herself as a renowned and respected director, that is aware of the limitations of a documentary in its classical form, and has mastered the mixed-media animated expression in telling compelling personal stories.[…]
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