Augmented Reality
In Search of Paradise

Saturday & Sunday, January 28 & 29, 2023
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

In Search of Paradise proposes an immersive entry into the universe of Anca Damian’s film The Island. Through augmented reality, experience some of the major themes of the film, such as migration, ecology, alienation, and tech addiction.

With the help of centuries of technological advances, you can now experience the 1719 classic Robinson Crusoe in not only the animated film, but through this experiential augmented reality exhibit as well!

Related Screening: The Island

Before the talk, join us for Anca Damian’s feature film, The Island. Follow Robinson and Friday in their quest to find freedom in a surreal world populated by outcasts and mermaids. The Island overflows with mixed media animation, along with comedic observations of a world that doesn’t quite “go round.”

This screening will be on Sun, Jan 29 at 1:45pm in FIAF Florence Gould Hall.

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Related Talk: The Animated World of Anca Damian

Following the screening, join us in the FIAF Skyroom as award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker Anca Damian discusses her new film, The Island, as well as current projects and career highlights.

This talk will be on Sun, Jan 29 at 3:45pm in the FIAF Skyroom.

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About Anca Damian

Anca Damian is a Romanian film director, writer, and producer.

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    • Known for her inventive mixing of animation techniques, and creative story-telling, Damian has produced an expansive body of work without ever shying away from controversial narratives. Crulic: The Path to Beyond (2011), her second animated feature, about a Romanian citizen who died in a Polish prison while on a hunger strike, premiered at Locarno Film Festival and went on to win 35 awards, including the Crystal Award at the 2012 Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

      Other directorial credits in animation include The Magic Mountain (2015), for which she received the 2016 Audentia Award for Best Female Director from Eurimages, and The Call (2018), selections at the Toronto and Sundance Film Festivals. Marona’s Fantastic Tale (2019) premiered at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival and went on to screen at many others, including Rotterdam IFF as well as Tokyo IFF. It received prizes at Los Angeles’s Animation is Film, Bucheon IAF, and Tokyo Anime Award. In New York, it premiered at Animation First 2020. Damian recently finished The Island which premiered at Rotterdam IFF in Big Screen Competition and in the Competition at Annecy International Animation Film Festival and is currently working on her next feature, Starseed.