In the father’s absence

Winner of the Palme d’Or Award in Cannes in 2008, „Megatron” is one of those Romanian short present in many international festivals and recipients of unanimous appreciations. The film tells the story of a child who wants to spend his day at McDonald’s with both parents. Only that they are divorced.

Megatron by Marian Crișan - CINEPUB

Director: Marian Crișan
Scriptwriter: Marian Crișan
Cast: Maxim Adrian Strinu, Gabriela Crisu
Produced by: Anca Puiu
Cinematography by: Tudor Mircea
Editing by: Tudor Pojoni
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2008
Duration: 14 minutes
Subtitles: English

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It’s Maxim birthday. He’s 8 years old. He lives with his mother in a village quite far from the earest city. For his birthday, his mother takes him to a McDonald’s restaurant.

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„Megatron” belongs to the category of those short films that address the sensible universe of family relationships. The story speaks about the strength one parent needs in order to make up for two and to forgive the other one who chose to be absent.

A small, yet tough, domestic war caused by the pride and the suffering of two divorced parents, a war that affects the child who bears visible signs of trauma. A very touching short film and a valuable work in the Cinepub collection of Romanian short films online.


„This is a very charming short film about a young, growing child’s inner idiosyncratic world which experiences constant turmoil due to his getting sandwiched between his loving mother and an almost absent father.Romanian actors Maxim Trinu and Gabriela Crisu play their roles with great ease.” (FilmCriticLalitRao)


„Do you think they still have Megatron?
„They sure do…”

„Did you call dad?”
„I called him. He does not have a signal.”

„Hurry up! We’ll be late!”

„Daddy is coming too, isn’t he?”
We are divorced.”
Aren’t you afraid to travel alone?”

„You’re so bad! You didn’t call him!”


  • Milano Film Festival – Italy, 2008
  • Melbourne International Film Festival – Australia, 2008
  • Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival – Brasil, 2008
  • Atlantic Film Festival – Scotland, 2008
  • Rio de Janeiro International Short – Brasil, 2008
  • Pusan International Film Festival – South Coreea, 2008
  • The Francophone Film Festival in Namur – France, 2008
  • Seattle International Film Festival – USA, 2008
  • AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival – USA, 2008
  • Calgary International Film Festival – Canada, 2008
  • Thessaloniki International Film Festival – Greece, 2008
  • Reykjavik Shorts&Docs Film Festival – Iceland, 2008
  • MedFilm Festival in Rome – Italy, 2008
  • Chicago International Film Festival – USA, 2008
  • Big Apple Film Fest in New York – USA, 2008
  • The New York International Independent Film & Video Festival – USA, 2008
  • European Film Festival in London – Great Britain, 2008
  • Prague Short Film Festival – Czech Republic, 2008
  • International Film Festival of Kerala – India, 2008
  • Jerusalem Film Festival – Israel, 2008
  • Warsaw Film Festival – Poland, 2008
  • Sofia International Film Fest – Bulgaria, 2009
  • Nice Film Festival – France, 2009
  • Tampere Film Festival – Finalnd, 2009
  • CineMart International Film Festival Rotterdam – Netherlands, 2009
  • NexT International Short Film Festival – Romania, 2009
  • International Film Festival Breda – Netherlands, 2009
  • Hamburg International Short Film Festival – Germany, 2009
  • Palm Springs International ShortFest – USA, 2009


  • Palme d’Or for, Cannes Film Festival – France, 2008
  • Best Short Film, Stockholm International Film Festival – Sweden, 2008
  • Best Short Film, Lucania Film Festival – Italy, 2009

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