The Island

  • 85'
  • Romania
  • 2021

Fancy watching a comical, surreal musical with Robinson Crusoe, about refugees on the Mediterranean Sea? Look no further! The switch of perspective, previously demonstrated by Romanian animator Anca Damian in L’extraordinaire voyage de Marona in 2018 – in which a dying dog reflects on his owners – also drives The Island. Here, Robinson Crusoe is not a desperate marooned sailor, but someone who voluntarily wiles away his days on an island. One day, Friday washes ashore – the sole survivor from a boat full of people trying to reach Italy. Criminals, border guards, and mermaids follow.

The result is not so much an indictment, as an absurd animation set to music which, in Damian’s own apt words, is a mix of The Little PrinceRobinson Crusoe, and Monty Python. The most bizarre scenes pass across the screen and merge together. In short, a film powered by wild free association, comic observation, and visual poetry.

Director
Anca Damian
Countries of production
Romania, France, Belgium
Production Year
2021
Festival Edition
P&I Selection 2022
Length
85'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producer
Anca Damian
Production Company
Aparte Film
Sales
Best Friend Forever
Screenplay
Anca Damian, Augusto Zanovello
Production Design
Gina Thorstensen
Sound Design
Benoit Bilal
Music
Alexander Balanescu, Ada Milea
Local Distributor
Periscoop Film