Superman, Spiderman or Batman, directed by Tudor Giurgiu, won the Gold Medal (Best Short Award) at the Manhattan Short Film Festival that took place between September 28 and October 7, 2012 .
Manhattan Short is a global event which took place in over 300 cities across 6 continents during one week. The winners of the festival were elected by the votes from over 100,000 people who had the chance to watch the 10 shorts selected from a total number of over 600.
Thereby, with 19.549 votes, Superman, Spiderman or Batman won the Gold Medal of Manhattan Short, outrunning the second place of the Netherlander short “A Curious Conjunction of Coincidences” with more than 4000 votes.
Recently Superman, Spiderman or Batman won the “Best Short” at Kaliber 35 Munich International Short Film Festival from Munchen Germany. In April 2012, won the prize for ”Best fiction short film” at the Aspen Shortfest, one of the most renowned short film festivals in the United States of America. This prize makes Superman, Spiderman or Batman eligible for a nomination at the Oscars, Live Action Short Film category.
Superman, Spiderman or Batman, has also been nominated, alongside other 14 short films from Europe, for the short film category of the European Film Awards 2012, which will take place in Malta on December 1st.
Superman Spiderman or Batman tells the story of Aron, a 5-year old boy, who, together with his worried dad, one morning, leaves for the hospital, where he wishes, just like cartoon heroes, to save his mother from her heart disease.
The short was filmed exclusively in Cluj Napoca, in several locations from the neighborhoods of Gheorgheni, Grigorescu or Spitalul de Recuperare, with a local crew: actors Bogdan Zsolt, Cornel Răileanu, Elena Ivanca, Ovidiu Crişan, Maria Seleş, Adriana Băilescu and the film’s hero, child actor Aaron Şerban.
The script was written by Doru Lupeanu, also known for his script for the short Faţa galbenă care râde (The Yellow Smiley Face), directed by Constantin Popescu.
The Director of Photography is Adrian Silişteanu, a long term collaborator of director Adrian Sitaru, the editor of the film is Eugen Kelemen, the casting was carried out by Kokino (Levente Molnar), who also collaborated for Morgen, and the executive producer is Bogdan Crăciun. The post-production was completed in the Chainsaw Europe studios.
The short Superman Spiderman or Batman is a Libra Film Productions production, co-financed by Romanian National Center and Zenith Media and realized with the support of Digital Cube.