The Magic Mountain (2015 film)

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The Magic Mountain
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Film poster
Directed byAnca Damian
Produced byAnca Damian
Written byAnca Damian
Anna Winkler
Music byAlexander Bălănescu
Edited byIon Ioachim Stroe
Aparte Film
Distributed byAparte Film (Romania)
Arizona Films (France)
Release date
  • 17 June 2015 (2015-06-17) (Annecy)
  • 9 October 2015 (2015-10-09) (Romania)
  • 23 December 2015 (2015-12-23) (France)
Running time
89 minutes

The Magic Mountain is a 2015 Romanian animated drama film directed by Anca Damian. It tells the story of Adam Jacek Winkler, a Polish anti-communist who in the 1980s fought against the Soviet Union in the Soviet–Afghan War, alongside Ahmad Shah Massoud. The film was co-produced with French and Polish companies. It was made using a mix of animation techniques and Winkler's personal photographs, sketches and film footage.[1] The English-language version of the film stars Jean-Marc Barr as the voice of Winkler.

The film received a Special Jury Mention at the 2015 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival.[2] Damian envisions the film as the second part in a trilogy about heroism, after Crulic: The Path to Beyond from 2011.

In 2015 he obtained the prize ANIMAFICX section of the 53rd International Festival of Gijon.

In 2016 the film won Grand Prix - Best Feature Film award at the 26th edition of Animafest Zagreb - World Festival of Animated Film Zagreb.



Boyd van Hoeij of The Hollywood Reporter found the early parts of the film, before Winkler reaches Afghanistan, to be messy and too light on facts. He also found the mixed technique problematic: "While this approach shows off the versatility of Damian in different media and visually suggests something of the protagonist's agitation and anarchic streak, this choice works against the film because the narrative itself is also restless and somewhat haphazard, at least for the film's first half." Hoeij wrote that Winkler's "emotional journey or journeys are never quite made tangible".[3]


  1. ^ Dobroiu, Stefan (2014-03-20). "Anca Damian in production with The Magic Mountain". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  2. ^ La Porta, Domenico (2015-07-13). "Bob and the Trees victorious at Karlovy Vary; Austria, Germany and Kosovo also honoured". Cineuropa. Retrieved 2015-07-18.
  3. ^ Hoeij, Boyd van (2015-07-16). "The Magic Mountain: Karlovy Vary Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-07-18.

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