„Crossing Dates” is the debut feature of Anca Damian, known in the meantime for other films such as „Crulic – The Path to Beyond”, „Magic Mountain” and the recent „Perfectly Healthy”. The film is part of the category of Romanian films that touch the delicate subject of meetings between people, which are far from being simple meetings: they are abyssal interactions, between expectations, histories and personal imagery
Director: Anca Damian
Scriptwriter: Anca Damian
Cast: Oxana Moravec, Matti Ristinen, Mimi Brănescu, Andi Vasluianu, Dorian Boguță, Diana Cavallioti
Produced by: Kaarle Aho, Oana Giurgiu, Tudor Giurgiu
Cinematography by: Liviu Mărghidan
Film editing by: Dana Bunescu
Category: feature film
Duration: 100 minutes
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Each day of our lives brings us new encounters with our fellow-people: our paths cross, we see each other, and speak or don’t speak to one other. Then we walk away for the next encounter. Both chance and intention play a part in these encounters, and the consequences may remain as foot prints on the paths of our lives. The movie mingles 3 separate stories which take place over two days. The characters’ paths intersect, and they affect each other unintentionally. The three stories are united not only by the characters but also by re-readings of the same theme in different registers.
Very often, people’s paths cross with effects they are unaware of, at least this is what this Romanian film, signed by a rising director, seems to be saying. The effects are sometimes very concrete, and other times they are only like a feather touch, a soft, imperceptible wind blow, whose reverberations are unperceivable and therefore, unforeseeable. In this factual hazard stand the emotional charge and the stake of the film. A famous radio anchor (played by the charismatic Mimi Brănescu) finds out that a convict has taken his name, counting on a striking physical resemblance.
As he goes to visit him in prison, the VIP happens to have two other meetings: one with the prison manager (an iron-fisted androgynous-looking woman)and another one withAndu, a freshly released convict, who has all the reasons to go back to jail. Gone for a conference in Amara, the prison manager and her potential lover, a Finnish guy in the same line of work, meet with Andu’s sister in their hotel room.
For connections between these stories, watch the film, included in the category of Romanian films online, on Cinepub.ro.
“Claudia… why don’t you put the coffee on?
In the kitchen, where we usually make it.”
“Forgive my staring at you. We’ve never seen you in the flesh.”
“Well, how should things be, Gabriel? My life’s gone to the dogs. That’s all there is to it.”
“I hope you’re not prejudiced against women who run prisons, Mr. Secretary.”
“You put my sister on the market?”
- Pusan International Film Festival – Korea, 2008
- Chicago International Film Festival – USA, 2008
- ALTERNATIVE Festival – Romania 2008
- Göteborg International Film Festival – Sweden, 2009
- Grand Prize at the Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema, Germany, 2008
- Best Editing (Dana Bunescu), Romanian Union of Filmmakers Award – Romania, 2009