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Vanina Vignal

Director, Producer



last update 2019-02-06
AlumBerlin 2017
CountryFrance
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After theater studies at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theater and Movement, and at the National Theater Conservatory of Romania, Vanina Vignal started her career as an actress. She then worked as an assistant editor and an assistant director, before turning to her own author documentaries projects*. Her activity as a cineast is not limited to her own films. It is including cinema lectures she is giving in french and roumanian colleges. Together with the French Embassy and Societatea Culturală NexT, she is co-founder of "Education à l'image", a stature project of film education in the roumanian Colleges. Vanina is regularly a jury member in international film festivals, and she is translating films or scenarii from Romanian to French. She has been a film selectioner for ADDOC (French Association of Documentarist Cineast), ACID (Association for Distributing Independent cinema) and ACID Cannes. Since 2018, she is programmer and selectioner for the International Documentary and Human rights Film Festival ONE WORLD ROMANIA (and during the year, for the festival's cine-club). ................................................................................................................................................. * Vanina Vignal : How do we carry on living, afterwards, when we’ve grown up with a dictatorship, when we shaped our lives under this dictatorship, when it’s part of us ? Digging where it hurts is what I have done in Roumania for my previous films (family secret under communism dictatorship + immigration after the fall), it’s also what I’m doing for my future films : in France (incest), in Germany (along its innerland scar on the former border in between west and east germany), and it is what I want to do in my next roumanian film (with young people from the LGBTQi+community). ................................................................................................................................................. http://www.stellalefilm.com - http://www.apreslesilence-lefilm.com http://www.mobrafilms.ro/after-the-silence/ ................................................................................................................................................. . SAMPLE OF WORK N°1 : "Stella" is a former roumanian socialist factory worker who ended up in France to save the life of Marcel, her husband. She begs to survive although she dreamt of finding a job in France. THIS SCENE shows my close relation to the people I am filming. I do not make interviews, I have conversations. The people I am filming speak to me like to a friend, on eye level. Therefore, I am also a character of the film. ................................................................................................................................................. . SAMPLE OF WORK N°2 : "After the Silence" talks about how state abuse influenced a whole roumanian family history - drowned into silence. THIS SCENE reveals how long ago lies the origins of my last film (shot after the roumanian coup d'état called "revolution", in Bucharest). I choosed it because it is an example of how filming is part of my life: my films really nourishes my life and my life really nourishes my films. A voice over was very untypical for me, but the film needed it. A very delicate embroidery work, and for me the discovery of the power of the written words. This experience opened new perspectives, in documentary (Borderland) as well as in fiction (The meat).

Sample of work

Filmography

image of Awakenings (working title)
Awakenings (working title)
Documentary (Creative)
in development
90 min



image of BORDERLAND (working title)
BORDERLAND (working title)
Documentary (Creative)
in development
90 min



image of SECRETS (working title)
SECRETS (working title)
Documentary (Creative)
in development
90 min



image of The MEAT (working title)
The MEAT (working title)
Drama
in development
90 min



image of DIMI
DIMI
Documentary (Reportage)
2008
26 min



image of STELLA
STELLA
Documentary (Creative)
2007
77 min



Interested In

Collaborative Working • Film History/ Archiving • Human Rights • Low Budget • Politics • Queer Cinema • Women Empowerment • Art/Experimental • Documentary • Drama

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Actor • Cinematographer • Co-Production • Distributor • Producer • Sales Agent • Screenwriter • Eastern Europe