Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2012

Crulic: The Path to Beyond

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Crulic: The Path to Beyond
Anca Damian, 2011
Romania | Romanian | 73 minutes

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. Anca 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.

Series: Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema 2012

Venue: Walter Reade Theater

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