This rubric is not updated since 2011
But it is beeing updated on Vanina Vignal’s next film site

Vanina Vignal - Direction, image and sound

“Because of my films, people often think I have Romanian origins, which I haven’t. But, there have been important random connections with this country. I met a Romanian woman who had fled her totalitarian country. Among her exiled fellow countrymen, a playwright who said to me : “When this play is produced, I want you for this part.” He did not forget his promise and his play was staged at the Vasile Alexandrii Theatre of Iasi, in Romanian Moldavia. The neighbour was still the Soviet Union, and fragile Romania was shyly opening up to the world after a speedy “revolution” the country had had no time to digest - which was in fact a coup d’état. It was around this time I first came into contact with Romania, where I arrived bringing with me all the clichés the media had been feeding us since December 1989. It was a tremendous shock. The better I understood the lives of the people around me, the less I knew about this country; my convictions about Eastern Europe were steadily shattered…”

Vanina Vignal was born in France. She trained as an actress at the Jacques Lecoq International School of Theater and Movement, and the National Theatre Conservatory of Romania. She has worked extensively in theatre, which has given her a subtle perception of drama embedded in people’s everyday lives. She then trained as an assistant editor and assistant director, before turning to her own projects. Among other things, she speaks fluent Romanian, which gives her direct access to the people she has chosen to film.

STELLA (“Prix du Patrimoine” at the International Documentary Film Festival Cinéma du Réel - 2007) is Vanina Vignal’s first film as a director.

Her second film AFTER THE SILENCE what remains unsaid does not exist ?
(ex : 4 women of Bucharest, After dictatorship, On each side), is selected at the International Documentary Film Festival Cinéma du Réel (march 2012)
Documentary feature length film - 95 mns - 16/9
Franco-Romanian co-production.
NOVEMBREproductions - Vanina Vignal, Jacqueline Tuffelli
Les Fées productions - Lucie Portehaut, Sandrine Pillon
MOBRA films - Cristian Mungiu, Cristiana Hurduc
Direction, writing, image, sound - Vanina Vignal
Editing - Mélanie Braux
Sound editing - Dana Bunescu - Studio Intelimedia grup (bucharest)
Mixing - Mélissa Petitjean - Polyson (paris)
Grading - Eric Salleron - Avidia (paris)
AFTER THE SILENCE deals with how the effects of dictatorship are still extremely vivid, even after the fall of dictatorship. It is a film about the abuses of the state, about fear, how fear is passed on from one generation to the next. A film about the space which, despite all that is known, is left to ghosts that make it impossible to live fully in the present. Three generations walled in silence. The legacy of denial, as nothing has been put back in its place and nothing has been said. Killing the dictator is not enough to kill the dictatorship. In Romania in this particular case, but the film has a universal dimension.

These films are part of a trilogy about Romania.

After Stella, which deals with the working class, After the silence focuses on the lower middle class and a THIRD PROJECT will be about the ruling class that was ousted in 1948. It will be shot in Bucharest with people from “impure social origins” (as they were branded by Romanian leaders from 1948 onwards), who were stigmatized by the new leaders and yet didn’t choose to go into exile but built their lives within this new reality - in the Romanian People’s Republic.

Vanina Vignal also acheveid in 2008 a film for ARTE, DIMI (with the caracter that inspired the third film of her futur trilogy). It has been broadcasted on Arte France and Germany on the 10th of april 2008 (prod. Les Films d’Ici). Download dimi's pdf

NB : Mélanie Braux has edited all of Vanina Vignal’s films

Vanina Vignal is member of ADDOC (association des cinéastes documentaristes), of l’ACID (Association du cinéma indépendant pour sa diffusion), and SRF (Société des réalisateurs de films).


Vanina Vignal - Translation and adaptation Romanian/French

Vanina Vignal has translated and adapted Stella’s, Dimi’s and After the silence’s subtitles. She will translate the other films she’ll shoot in Romania.

Since Stella, she has done a number of translations for other directors.

She started by translating and adapting the subtitles for the Romanian fiction feature film 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days, by Cristian Mungiu
Official Selection - Golden Palm at the International film festival of Cannes 2007
4 months, 3 weeks and 2 weeks’s official site - Cannes Festival
Cannes festival 2007 and 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 weeks’s by christian mungiu
Site de Mobra Films
why not productions
French release - 29 August 2007

In 2008, she also translated Three days in Tanacu, a fiction feature length scenario, for Lucian Pintilie, but its production was interrupted.


Ashes and Blood (Cendres et sang) by Fanny Ardant
Official Selection - Out of Competition - Special screening - Festival de Cannes 2009.
The film site  
Alfama films’s site
French release - 9 september 2009

The happiest girl in the world, by Radu Jude
Selected at the Berlinale 2009 - Forum
Prix C.I.C.A.E. de la Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d'Art et Essai.
Selection Cannes ACID
The happiest girl in the world site
HiFilm’s site
French release  - 16 december 2009

Tales of the golden age 1 + Tales of the golden age 2 (Amintiri din epoca de aur). Scenario and production by Cristian Mungiu
Co-direction (6 short films in two feature films) by Cristian Mungiu, Ioana Uricaru, Hanno Höefer, Constantin Popescu et Razvan Marculescu
Editing - Dana Bunescu
Official Selection - Un certain regard - Cannes 2009
Cannes film festival website
Official site of the film :
Mobra Films website 
French release  - 30 December 2009 and 14 July 2010

Cautare - 30’- short documentary film by Ionut Piturescu
Quinzaine des réalisateurs 2010 - Prix du Court Métrage

Feature length documentary by ANDREI UJICA - ICON productions, Roumania
Official Selection - Out of Competition - Festival de Cannes 2010
Editing - Dana Bunescu
Distributor - Mandragora International
French release - 13 April 2011

In 2011, while completing the editing for her own film, Vanina Vignal translated the scenario for Cristian Mungiu’s next film...

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