Project Description


The Island


An island in the Mediterranean Sea becomes a representation of our contemporary existence and the solitary destiny of the individual, invaded by a surrealist and absurd reality, in comparison with the vital and spiritual needs of human beings.

“The Island” is a very unusual project: is an animated musical long feature for grown-up audience, on a hot topic nowadays: the migrants –the refugees flood from Africa and Arabic countries in Europe.

The music score is an adapted version of Ada Milea & Alexander Balanescu’s music album – The Island – featuring the Balanescu Quartet (2011). Although it uses the outline of the Robinson Crusoe story, ‘The Island’ quickly sets off on its own course in which the humorous, the bizarre and the fateful are brought into effective accord. Playing as well as singing, the main performers are joined by string trio and percussion in music whose ‘alt‑folk’ qualities are manifest from the outset.

Project Details

  • Genre: Fiction Film
  • Status: In Production
  • Director: Anca Damian
  • Script: Anca Damian, Augusto Zanovello
  • Music: Alexander Balanescu & Ada Milea

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The Island

July 9th, 2018|News, The Island|

"The Island" - a new project of Anca Damian - was selected at the fifth edition of Venice Gap-Financing Market [...]

  • The Island | Aparte Film | Art Film Company

The Island

April 20th, 2017|News, The Island|

The long animated feature "The Island", received the support for development from Creative Europe Media.

  • The Island | Aparte Film | Art Film Company

The Island

June 4th, 2016|News, The Island|

The new animated film project "The Island" got production support from "The Romanian National Centre Of Cinema".

Related Press

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Anca Damian’s “The Island” to be finished before the end of the year

April 28th, 2020|Press The Island|

Publish Date: April 28, 2020
Author: Stefan Dobroiu

The only Romanian director to have delivered animated features over the last decade, Anca Damian is currently in production with her newest project, The Island, which she describes as a musical comedy and "an upside-down Robinson Crusoe story". The film is a co-production between Damian's Aparte Film, Take Five (Belgium) and Komadoli (France).

Anca Damian : “Nous sommes seuls mais nous rigolons ensemble”

April 24th, 2020|Press The Island|

Publish Date: April 24, 2020
Author: Emmanuel Laurentin and Fanny Richez

Coronavirus, une conversation mondiale | Depuis Bucarest, la réalisatrice Anca Damian, qui connait très bien la France, nous donne son point de vue d'artiste sur le confinement mis en place dans son pays. Malgré la crise, le peuple roumain ne se départit pas de son humour et de son autodérision.

Cartoon Movie 2020: Six Most-Anticipated Titles

March 8th, 2020|Press The Island|

Publish Date: March 8, 2020
Author: Ramin Zahed

If you were to judge the health of the European animation feature industry by the quality of the projects presented at the latest edition of Cartoon Movie in Bordeaux (March 3-5), the industry is faring quite well: There are many interesting, innovative and thought-provoking projects made for both family and adult audiences in the pipeline. We were fortunate to catch some of these presentations at the event.

Cartoon movie 2020 top picks

March 7th, 2020|Press The Island|

Publish Date: March 7, 2020
Author: Vassilis Kroustallis

Here's our report of the major European pitching event for animation features, CARTOON Movie, and the projects that we highlighted during the event. (...) Anca Damian's The Island (in development) and Even Mice Belong in Heaven (in production) by Jan Bubinecek and Denisa Grimmova are two of the most prominent examples of what is to come for this region in the upcoming years, even though co-productions like the Czech participation (Maur Film) in Florence Miailhe's The Crossing are a case in point.

Cartoon movie 2019 : 9 projets à suivre, signés Claude Barras, Anca Damian (The Island), Sébastien Laudenbach ou encore Mirai Mizue

March 21st, 2019|Press The Island|

Publish Date: March 21, 2019
Encore à l'état de concept (bien avancé, cela dit, vu ce que la réalisatrice nous a montré de son animatique), The island est une forme de comédie musicale inspirée de Robinson Crusoé, sur fond de crise des réfugiés.