The Magic Mountain
The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain

Director Anca Damian

Production year 2015

Length 87min.

Country Romania/Poland/France


In the form of an animated docu-drama, the biography of Adam Jacek Winkler wonders through nearly half a century of history. A Polish refugee in Paris, Adam lived a boundless life, wanting to change the world. His adventurous life takes a radical turn in the 80’s, as he visions himself a knight of the 20th century and leaves France to fight with both amateurism and courage, alongside commander Massoud against the Soviets in Afghanistan. In the light of September 11th 2001, his fate mirrors the individual’s destiny in relation with the history unfolding and also the introspection of a man on his own fate.


Anca Damian
Anca Damian



Anca Damian, Guillaume de Seille


Anca Damian, Anna Winkler

Director of Photography

Anca Damian

Music by

Alexander Bălănescu


Frédéric Théry, Sebastian Wlodarczyk


Ion Ioachim Stroe

Production company(ies)

Damian's Aparte Film

Anca Damian

Anca Damian studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest where she majored in cinematography and later obtained a Doctor’s degree in Film. She has worked as the director of photography for two feature films and many other documentary films. Her first feature film as a director – Crossing Dates (2008) – participated in numerous film festival competitions such as Pusan FF, Chicago, Goteborg, Cottbus, Goa and Rome. Her second feature as a director, screenwriter and producer Crulic – The Path to Beyond (2011), was selected at Locarno, BFI London, Annecy, Warsaw, Copenhagen, Pusan, totaling more that 150 festival selections. The movie also received the Cristal Award in Annecy, and more than 35 prizes at other notable film festivals. Her third feature as a director, screenwriter and producer A Very Unsettled Summer (2013), a Romanian-Czech-Swedish-UK coproduction, received three prizes from at the Romanian Filmmakers’ Union annual Awards. The Magic Mountain a docu-drama animation is her 4th feature film.


Crossing Dates (2008), Crulic: The Path to Beyond (2010), A Very Unsettled Summer (2013), The Magic Mountain (2015).

FILMS 2016