MOON HOTEL KABUL MOON HOTEL KABUL
A one-night-stand in Kabul: cynical, detached journalist Ivan Semciuc spends the night with mysterious translator Ioana Preda. Back home in Bucharest, he learns that Ioana has apparently taken her own life. However, a video message on a USB stick that she slipped to him unawares seems to suggest another possibility: namely that Ioana was an intelligence agent working to uncover a conspiracy. Whereas previously truth and fiction were simply categories for Semciuc to mix adeptly in his reports, now he becomes driven by the pure search for truth: what sort of plot is behind the supposed suicide?
With MOON HOTEL KABUL, Anca Damian pulls off an enigmatic thriller steeped in paranoia, in which the search for truth and knowledge is invariably fragile. In at times surreally tinged reminiscences of the deceased woman, the boundaries are pointedly blurred between dream and reality, creating an atmosphere of impenetrability and ambiguity. Skilful performances by lead actors Florin Piersic Jr. and Ofelia Popii reinforce the emotional core of the story.
Born in 1962 in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, she studied at the Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Bucharest, where she majored in cinematography. Her directional debut CROSSING DATES premiered at Busan International Film Festival in 2008. Her second feature film CRULIC – THE PATH BEYOND was shown in Locarno, Annecy and Telluride among other places. Her newest film MOON HOTEL KABUL premiered in 2018 at Warsaw International Film Festival where it received the Best Director Award.
2008 // ÎNTÂLNIRI ÎNCRUCISATE / CROSSING DATES
2011 // CRULIC - DRUMUL SPRE DINCOLO / CRULIC -THE PATH TO BEYOND
2013 // O VARÃ FOARTE INSTABILÃ / A VERY UNSETTLED SUMMER
2015 // LA MONTAGNE MAGIQUE / THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
2018 // MOON HOTEL KABUL