Crulic – drumul spre dincolo (Crulic – The Path to Beyond)
Anca Damian | Romania, 2011 | 79 min | Rated AA | TBA | Romanian with English subtitles
Friday November 16, 2012 – 6:30pm
THE PATH TO BEYOND tells the true story of the life of Crulic, a 33-year-old Romanian accused of having stolen a wallet from an important Polish judge, and pays the ultimate price for protesting his innocence. The story is all the more chilling because of where and when it took place: inside the European Union, in 2005.
Unjustly sentenced, Crulic is brought to the Krakow Detention Center prison, where he decided to start a hunger strike from the day he was arrested, demanding a meeting with somebody from the Romanian Consulate, and a change of attorney. In exchange, the consul writes an answer to Crulic, in which he advises him to put his trust in Polish justice. Crulic claimed he was in Italy at the day of the theft, and not only the bus ticket, but also the record containing the passengers names, confirms his innocence. For his troubles, his detention was lengthened by three months. Finally, the Court agreed to release Crulic so that he could be treated in a civilian hospital.
He died after just 16 hours.
Press investigation started in both countries. The repercussions of the investigation have concluded with the resignation of the Minister of the Foreign Affairs, while in Poland, 3 doctors were officially accused of Crulic’s death.
Acclaimed Romanian actor Vlad Ivanov narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave.
About Anca Damian
Anca studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts where she obtained a diploma in Cinematography and a Doctor’s Degree in Arts, Cinema and Media.
Anca worked as Director of Photography on two feature films, (FORGOTTEN BY GOD – 1991, THE WAY OF DOGS – 1992) and on many shorts and documentaries, and almost all of which were awarded national prizes for Cinematography. After that she worked as a director, screenwriter and producer for on several award winning documentaries.
In 2008, Anca made her first feature film as a director, screenwriter and co-producer. INTALNIRI INCRUCISATE (CROSSING DATES) (2008), a Romanian-Finish co-production, was selected at Pusan, Chicago, Goteborg, Pune International Film Festivals, Festival of East European Cinema (Cottbus), India International Film Festival (Goa) and Rome Independent Film Festival.
A VERY UNSETTLED SUMMER is the next feature film that she will produce and direct. Maria Dinulescu, Jamie Sives, Kim Bodnia are confirmed in the cast and Film I Väst and Illusion Films are the Swedish co-producers already committed to the project.
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