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The Island

Directed by
Anca Damian

Status Completed
Country Belgium . France . Romania
Original Title The Island
Year 2022
Language English
Genre . Animation
Duration 84min
Distributor Eurozoom (France)
Status Completed
Country Belgium . France . Romania
Original Title The Island
Year 2022
Language English
Genre Animation
Duration 84min
Distributor Eurozoom (France)

Discover a musical fable on the Robinson Crusoe myth: The Little Prince meets Monty Python.

Robinson is a doctor and his solitude is voluntary in an island invaded by migrants, NGOs and guards. He saves Friday, a castaway, the only survivor of his illegal refugee boat.

During his journey on the island, Robinson encounters extraordinary beings and events. He will confront current affairs through visual poetry and symbolism in a world where everybody looks for its own paradise.

Director

Born in Romania, Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where she majored in cinematography and later obtained a doctor’s degree in Arts, Cinema and Media. She worked as a director, screenwriter, and producer for several documentaries on art related topics.


She was director of photography of two long feature films and several shorts.


Her second feature the animated documentary, “Crulic: The Path to Beyond” (2011, Cristal Award in Annecy), has been selected in more than 150 international festivals like Locarno IFF, Telluride, New Director new films, and received more than 35 international prizes.


Her extensive filmography includes Crossing Dates (2008), A Very Unsettled Summer (2013), The Magic Mountain (2015), Moon Hotel Kabul (2018), and Marona′s Fantastic Tale (2019).


Her films were distributed worldwide and she has been awarded with numerous international prizes, including Cristal for Best Feature Film Award at Annecy, Best Director Award at Warsaw, Mirada International Award at Madrid, and Audentia Award by Eurimages.

Cast & crew

PRODUCERS

  • Aparte Film

CO-PRODUCERS

  • Komadoli

  • Special Touch Studio (Funan)

  • Take Five

  • Minds Meet

  • Amopix

Festivals and awards

  • IFFR 2022 - Big Screen Competition
  • BUSAN IFF
  • ANNECY FILM FESTIVAL
  • GÖTEBORG FILM FESTIVAL
  • Dublin IFF
  • FICCI - Festival Internacional de Cine de Cartagena de Indias
  • FICAM MEKNES
  • GUADALAJARA IFF
  • BLACK MOVIE
  • HONG KONG IFF
  • FANTOCHE
  • HELSINKI IFF
  • OTTAWA INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION FESTIVAL
  • HAIFA IFF
  • BRISBANE IFF
  • DENVER IFF
  • SEVILLE EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
  • MANCHESTER ANIMATION FESTIVAL
  • ANIMATION FIRST
  • PUNE IFF
“Mesmerizing to listen to and watch, music is almost
non-stop, but so smoothly integrated into the story that it
is never too much. The gently accented English dialogue is
poetically rendered by the actors led by Balanescu, whose
Robinson hovers between abstraction and reality, his illusions a sad reflection on Western intellectuals.”
“A lavish, political, symbolic and poetic
animated work. A contemporary and
timeless visual whirlwind.”