Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Women in Film: Anca Damian

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Anca Damian is a Romanian filmmaker born in 1962. She has been working in cinema for the past three decades but has only recently received recognition for her latest feature Crulic : The Path to Beyond (2011). Throughout the 1990s Damian's oeuvre was inclined towards documentaries and shorts, but it wasn't until 2008 that her role as director of photography extended to director, screenwriter and co-producer for the film Crossing Dates (2008). A couple of years later, Crulic became an international success, properly lauded for its perfect concoction of documentary and animation (see stills below). Romania was once known for it's brilliant school of animation, particularly throughout the 1950's and 60s when a graphic artist from Bucharest, Ion Popescu-Gopo stunned critics when he won the Palme d'Or at Cannes for his short, A Brief History (1957). Perhaps, Anca Damian has revived the tradition of animation in Romania, let us look forward to her next piece. 

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