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55th San Francisco International Film Festival @ BAM/PFA

Thursday, April 26, 2012
6:30 p.m. Crulic—The Path to Beyond
Anca Damian (Romania/Poland/France, 2011)

(Crulic—drumul spre dincolo). Whoever said dead men tell no tales hasn’t met Crulic. In Anca Damian’s visually inventive film, he even narrates the events following his demise, including his body’s identification in the morgue and his coffin’s transportation along windy roads in a quest for burial. Viewers soon learn that Crulic died during a hunger strike in Poland. His protest served as a last gesture against false imprisonment on the charge that he stole money from a judge. Crulic’s ghost haunts this tale in a calm and detached manner, retracing the steps that brought him to a sham trial defined by a casual absurdity that rivals some of the most distressing moments in Kafka. Drawing from actual events, the film’s beautifully layered mix of watercolor backdrops, collage cutouts, photographs, and live-action animation intensifies the stark injustice of Crulic’s fate, while visualizing his vanishing memory. Crulic calls for us to heed history—by coming to terms with a wrongful death that has not yet been put to rest.

• Written by Damian. (70 mins)

Tickets on sale March 30. Online tickets are available through the SFFS ticketing system. Follow the link below and select "buy tickets." BAM/PFA members receive a discount online by using a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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Advance tickets March 27–30. BAM/PFA members may purchase advance tickets online between March 27 and 30 by clicking the link below and entering a special promo code. If you are a member and did not receive the code by email, please call (510) 642-1412.

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Preceded by:
Emily Hubley (U.S., 2012)
An artist negotiates with interior and/or exterior muses. Subtle metamorphoses in the colorful hand-drawn animation mirror a voiceover that oscillates whimsically between characters.—Michael Krimper (6 mins)

Total running time: 76 mins