Project Description

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Crulic – The Path to Beyond


The animated documentary feature-length “Crulic – The Path to Beyond” tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov, narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave. A strong visual style, the result of beautiful hand drawn, collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, blend to create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film..

Festivals & Awards

CRULIC – THE PATH TO BEYOND had its world premiere in competition at Locarno Film Festival 2011, was selected in over 140 festivals including Annecy, Pusan, London BFI, CPH DOX, Telluride, New Directors / New Films, Istanbul IFF.

The movie got the Cristal Award in Annecy, and more than 35 prizes at other festivals like Special Mention Don Quixote in Locarno, Audience Award ANIMA, Belgian Television Award ANIMA, Special Prize of the Human Rights Jury in Istanbul, Best long feature in Animator (Poznan), Best Movie Monstra, Cabrito de Plata – Best Long Animated Feature Monterrey, Best movie Milwaukee Film Festival, Special Jury Prize at Gdynia Film Festival

Crystal Jury Special Prize SICAF (Seoul), Best Long Feature CICDAF (Changzhou), SILVER PUMA Award for the Best Director- FICUNAM – Mexico, Audience Award  FICUNAM – Mexico, Main Prize at Gdansk Doc Film Festival, Best film (Sopot), Best Director Mlodzi I Film, Amnesty Award in CPH DOX, Grand Prix and the Trophy of the Romanian Filmmakers Union , Special Jury Prize (Siver Dolphin) in Festroia, Special Prize at Se-Ma-For Film Festival among others.

Project Details

  • Genre: Fiction Film / Animated Documentary
  • Status: Completed
  • Production: Aparte Film
  • Co-produced by: Fundacja im. Ferdynanda Magellana and Romanian Ministry of Cultureand the Romanian Heritage/ Editura Video, Krakow Festival Office
  • Co-financed by: Romanian National Centre of Cinema, Polish Film Institute Krakow Regional Film Fund
  • With the support of: HBO Romania, Romanian National Television, Soros Foundation Romania
  • Scriptwriter & director: Anca Damian
  • Narrators: Vlad Ivanov,Jamie Sives
  • Artwork and Animation: Dan Panaitescu, Raluca Popa, Dragos Stefan, Roxana Bentu, Tuliu Oltean
  • Music: Piotr Dziubek
  • Sound: Piotr Witkowski, Sebastian Włodarczyk
  • Producer: Anca Damian
  • Co-Producer: Arkadiusz Wojnarowsky
  • Editor: Catalin Cristutiu
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La Crítica de SensaCine – Crulic, camino al más allá

July 9th, 2015|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Publish Date: 9 July 2015
Author: Beatriz Martinez

Género animado para una terrible historia real. Un impresionante artwork que funciona a modo de collage sensitivo que estalla con toda su fuerza expresiva para narrar de forma original esta historia que va más allá de la crónica de sucesos, del escándalo político y gubernamental para instalarse en el terreno del intimismo.

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Voyage au bout de l’injustice

December 13th, 2012|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Source: Politis
Publish Date: 13 décembre 2012
Author: Christophe Kantcheff

La liberté esthétique de l’ensemble permettant de nouer des tonalités différentes, la douceur, la souffrance et, de bout en bout, une subtile auto dérision et un goût pour le sarcasme.

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December 11th, 2012|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Publish Date: 11 décembre 2012
Author: Carole Milleliri

Avec Le Voyage de Monsieur Crulic, Anca Damian réalise un film politique puissant, où drame et absurdité viennent dire la violence d’un racisme pernicieux et d’une justice à deux vitesses, sans jamais tendre vers un propos vindicatif.

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Le voyage de monsieur Crulic

December 10th, 2012|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Source: Studio Ciné Live
Publish Date: 10 décembre 2012
Author: Xavier Leherpeur

Ce refus de l'unité formelle permettant au récit de s'évader du réalisme pour composer un surréalisme qui, ponctué par l'ironie désespérée de lanarration et de la coloration musicale, touche à l'universalité de l'engrenage tragique d'une justice kafkaïenne.

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Anca Damian – Crulic The Path to Beyond

May 14th, 2012|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Publish Date: 14 may 2012
Author: Marta Jazowska

Displaying, as says Filmmaker’s Howard Feinstein notices, "a distinctly Eastern European dry humor manifest in the drawings and in the rapid, highly detailed voiceovers", the film combines techniques of animation, fiction and documentary in a form that, as he continues "is a brilliant choice to tell a tragic true story".

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The Top 5 Criticwire Recommendations from ND/NF 2012

April 4th, 2012|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Source: Indiewire
Publish Date: 04 April 2012
Author: Steve Greene

The surprise here is that writer/director Damian has tasked five of her country’s most talented animators to weave Crulic’s tragic tale as an unfolding tapestry that’s as memorable, beguiling, and on occasion as majestic, as anything we’ve seen come out of Romania. 

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“Crulic…”, première découverte du 9e Carrefour de l’animation

December 1st, 2011|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Source: Télérama
Publish Date: 1 décembre 2011
Author: Sophie Bourdais

L'animation introduit une forme d'épure qui permet de restituer au plus juste, sans la brutalité parfois insupportable de l'image « réelle », mais aussi sans rien édulcorer, toute la souffrance morale et physique du personnage principal.

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Crulic -The Path to Beyond

August 16th, 2011|Press Crulic – The Path to Beyond|

Source: Variety
Publish Date: 16 August 2011
Author: Jay Weissberg

Beautiful artwork and a powerful story are the key elements of animated docu "Crulic -- The Path to Beyond." Animation is especially appealing, featuring attractive watercolors and lovely washes forming the background to an imaginative use of drawings, cutouts and photos.