The Christmas Gift

Cadoul de Craciun

Directed by Bogdan Mureşanu



23 min









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.


International Competition Grand Prix winner at Clermont-Ferrand 2019. Best of Festival Prize at Palm Springs 2019. European Film Award for Best Short Film 2019. Shortlisted for the Oscars 2020.

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Having won more than 50 awards at festivals around the world in 2018 and 2019, Bogdan Mureşanu‘s The Christmas Gift is one of most successful Romanian short films.


I am interested in power relations in general. We are enjoying a lot of freedom now, but if society is not aware of the risks, they can at any time become reality. - Bogdan Mureşanu



  • Palm Springs International Shortfest • Best of the Festival Award
  • Leeds International Film Festival • Special Mention Louis le Prince International Short Film Competition
  • Les Arcs Film Festival
  • Odense International Film Festival
  • Flickers’ Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Filmfestival Kitzbühel • Winner Short Film
  • Encounters Film Festival
  • Art Film Fest International Film Festival • Special Mention
  • Le Court Nous Tient • Best script
  • Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen | Off competition
  • Busan International Short Film Festival | International competition
  • Moscow International Film Festival | Off competition
  • Kyiv International Short Film Festival | When my neighbour builds democracy
  • Athens International Film & Video Festival
  • Mecal International Short Film Festival of Barcelona
  • Tampere Film Festival • Best Fiction Category Prize


  • Krakow Film Festival | International Competition
  • Zinebi Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Films • Script Award Sgae Foundation

Cast & Crew

Gabriela Hamzescu, Luca Toma, Adrian Vancica, Mircea Andreescu, Ioana Flora
Bogdan Mureşanu
Tudor Platon
Andrei Balasoiu
Sound design & mix:
Sebastian Zsemlye
Vlad Iorga, Victor Dumitrovici, Dan Burlac, Eduardo Moisés Escribano Solera, Bogdan Muresanu
Production Company:
Co-production Company:
Mailuki Films

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