A 5 year old boy wants to gain superpowers in order to defeat his mother’s illness.

„Superman, Spiderman or Batman” is a short film directed by Tudor Giurgiu, winner of the prestigious BAFTA Award at Aspen Shortsfest, as well as the European Film Academy Best Short Award in 2012.

Director: Tudor Giurgiu
Scriptwriter: Doru Lupeanu
Cast: Bogdan Zsolt, Aaron Şerban, Ovidiu Crişan, Elena Ivanca
Produced by: Libra Film
Cinematography by: Adrian Silișteanu
Film editing by: Eugen Kelemen
Category: short film
Genre: drama
Year: 2011
Duration: 11 minutes
Territory: Romania

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Aron, a 5-year-old boy, sets together with his worried father on a journey at the end of which he wishes, like the superheroes in the comic books, to save his mother suffering from a heart condition.

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„Superman, Spiderman or Batman”,a short film awarded by the European Film Academy in 2012, tells the story of Vlad, aged 5 who lives a drama: her mother suffers from a heart disease.

The film stands out through the psychological intelligence employed in the way the adults find it hard to communicate to the boy the sad facts, a „secret” that the little boy not only knows about but tries, with his own resources of a superhero, to fix.

The movie is part of the Romanian shorts online slection of Cinepub.


How can you be Spider Man? It’s just a comic book, it doesn’t even exist.


  • Warsaw International Film Festival – Poland, 2011


  • BAFTA Award, Short Film Prize Best Drama Jury Award, Aspen Shortsfest – Colorado, U.S.A., 2012
  • Grand Prize Best Short film Tudor Giurgiu (director), Manhattan Short Film Festival – U.S.A., 2012
  • Prix UIP (European Short Film), Valladolid International Film Festival – Spain, 2011

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