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The Island

Directed by
Anca Damian

Status . Completed

Country . Romania . France . Belgium

Original Title . The Island

Year . 2022

Language . English

French Distributor . Eurozoom

Runtime . 84 min.

Genre . Animation

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.


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.



Aparte Film

In co-production with

Special Touch Studio (Funan)

Take Five

Minds Meet




IFFR 2022 - Big Screen Competition




Dublin IFF


“A lavish, political, symbolic and poetic
animated work. A contemporary and
timeless visual whirlwind.”

“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.”