The Island (2021)

Weaving her lush plot around the well-known (and seemingly simple) story of Robinson Crusoe and Friday’s misadventures, Anca Damian immediately turns the narrative upside down. Shipwrecked on his island, Robinson despairs of the madness of loneliness, chained to hungry dreams of consumerist opulence (from hypermarkets to cooking magazines) and to his computer tablet. But then Friday appears, a survivor among migrants sorted on the beach by soldiers separating the dead from the living. In this “twisted” world, which “doesn’t go round,” our two protagonists discover each other, beyond words, sharing their sensibilities and fragilities.

Fabien Lemercier, Cineuropa

Robinson’s island is nothing like its literary counterpart. The waters surrounding it appear tainted and the island itself plays host to a very different cast of characters than the original, featuring refugees, border guards, and garbage dumps. A number of these visitors echo global issues plentifully woven into the fabric of this otherwise whimsical spectacle. Damian’s visual treat of a film offers contemplation on ecological disaster, capitalism, and solitude, all within a story that could be described as a surreal anthology of images.

Antoni Konieczny, Eye for Film

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: N/A
  • Distribution: Best Friend Forever
  • Editing: Dana Bunescu, Dan Panaitescu
  • Music: Alexander Balanescu, Ada Milea
  • Sound: Gert Janssen