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The Christmas Gift

Cadoul de Craciun


A film by Bogdan Muresanu

Internationa Competition Grand Prix winner at Clermont-Ferrand 2019

Genre(s): Drama

• Theme(s): Father-Son Relationship / Political

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The Christmas Gift

Festival(s) & Award(s)

  • 2018: Krakow Film Festival | International Competition
  • 2018: Zinebi International Documentary Film & Short Film Festival of Bilbao Script Award Sgae Foundation
  • 2018: FilmFestival Cottbus | International CompetitionMain Prize
  • 2019: Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival | International CompetitionGrand Prix
  • 2019: TAMPERE Film Festival Best Fiction Category Prize, Audience Award, Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards 2019
  • 2019: Mecal - International Short Film Festival of Barcelona
  • 2019: Athens International Film & Video Festival
  • 2019: Brussels Short Film Festival | International CompetitionJury Award, Best Actor
  • 2019: Kyiv International Short Film Festival | When my neighbour builds democracy
  • 2019: Moscow International Film Festival | Off competition
  • 2019: Busan International Film Festival | International competition
  • 2019: Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen | Off competition
  • 2019: Palm Springs Int. ShortFest Best of the Festival Award
  • 2019: Le Court Nous Tient Best script
  • 2019: Art Film Fest International Film Festival Special Mention
  • 2019: Bristol Encounters International Short Film Festival
  • 2019: Filmfestival Kitzbühel Winner Short Film
  • 2019: Flickers' Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • 2019: Odense International Film Festival
  • 2019: Les Arcs Film Festival
  • 2019: Leeds International Film Festival Special Mention Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition


On 20th December, 1989, 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 young son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood it, his father's desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

Technical Specs

  • Runtimes: 23'
  • Color(s): Colors
  • Sound: Stereo
  • Country(ies) of production: Romania
  • Original Language(s): Romanian
  • Subtitle(s) available: English
  • Audience: General Audiences
  • Format(s) available: ProRes HD

Artistic & Technical Crew

With: Gabriela Hamzescu, Luca Toma, Adrian Vancica, Mircea Andreescu, Ioana Flora
  • Screenplay: Bogdan Muresanu
  • Cinematographer: Tudor Platon
  • Editor: Andrei Balasoiu
  • Sound: Sebastian Zsemlye
  • Producer: Vlad Iorga, Victor Dumitrovici, Dan Burlac, Eduardo Moisés Escribano Solera, Bogdan Muresanu

Company Credits

  • Produced by: Vlad Iorga, Victor Dumitrovici, Dan Burlac (KINOTOPIA SRL), Eduardo Moisés Escribano Solera (Mailuki Films, S.L.), Bogdan Muresanu