The Christmas Gift

Cadoul de Crăciun

Romania, Spain
2019 — 23 min / Colour



On the 20th of 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 little son has mailed a wish letter to Santa. As the kid understood, his father’s desire was to see Ceausescu dead.

Official Trailer

Director Biography

Award-winning writer Bogdan Muresanu has shifted from literature and advertising to cinema. As a screenwriter, he won Best Short in the 2008 HBO TIFF scriptwriting competition with THE HUMAN TORCH which premiered in 2013. He produced and directed his first short film in 2012, based on his own script, HALF SHAVED. In 2016, Bogdan finished his next short called SPID. In the same year, his short art film NEGRUZZI 14 was show-cased at the National Museum of Contemporary Art. In 2018, his short animation film THE MAGICIAN was undergoing pre-production while the short fiction THE CHRISTMAS GIFT was travelling the world winning no less than ten awards in less than six months. Bogdan is currently working as a scriptwriting consultant for DITTATURA LAST MINUTE, an Italian production, to be directed by Antonio Pisu in 2019.


Bogdan Mureșanu


Bogdan Mureșanu

Vlad Iorga

Victor Dumitrovici

Eduardo M Escribano Solera


Tudor Platon


Andrei Bălăşoiu


Sebastian Zsemlye

Screenings & Awards

Tampere FF , Finland, 2019
Jury award for Best European Short Film

Clermont-Ferrand FF, France, 2019
Grand Prix

ZubrOFFka FF, Poland, 2018
The Wild Bison Award

Tirana IFF, Albania, 2019
Best Short Fiction Film

Palm Springs International ShortFest , United States, 2019
Best of the Festival


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