The Romanian-Spanish co-production «The Christmas Gift» («Cadoul de Crăciun», the original title), written and directed by Bogdan Muresanu, distributed by Mailuki Films and winner of 31 awards and 7 nominations, so far, is one of the 5 nominees for this year’s European Short Film Award of the European Film Academy.
«Cadoul de Crăciun» takes place on December 20th 1989, when a few days after Ceausescu’s bloody repression in Timisoara, a father’s quiet evening turns to sheer ordeal as he finds out that his little son has mailed a wish letter to the communist Santa (Moş Gerilă), turning the evening of a family into a nightmare.
Romanian Bogdan Mureşanu is a director, screenwriter and producer. He produced and directed his first short film in 2012, based on his own script, “Half Shaved”. It won the Audience Award at “Anonimul” IFF Sf. Gheorghe (Romania) and was shown in festivals in Montreal, Cinequest, Cleveland, Reykjavik, York, Oaxaca, Maremetraggio, Lille, Reggio.
“Half Shaved” (2012, drama, 12’)
In 2016, Bogdan finished his next short called “Spid”. Same year, a short art film “Negruzzi 14” was show-cased at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in 2016.
In 2017, the short animation called “The Magician” was undergoing pre-production while the short fiction “The Christmas Gift” was shot in March.