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 Rumanian colleges. Together with the French Embassy in Roumania and Societatea Culturală NexT, she is co-founder of « Education à l’image », a stature project of film education in the Rumanian Colleges. Vanina is regularly a jury member in international film festivals, and she is translating scenarii or films (subtitles) from Romanian to French. She has been a film programmer for ADDOC (French Association of Documentarist Cineast), ACID (Association for Distributing Independent cinema) and ACID Cannes. Since 2018, she is selectionning and programming, together with Andrei Rus, 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 Rumania 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 Rumanian film (with young people from the LGBTQi+ community).
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).
Giving tools to young students to analyse all the images that suround them (cinema, but not only).
Since 2007, Vanina Vignal is regularly involved in many educational programs in France (always with her films as a starting point). In 2009, she has co-created with the French institute in Bucharest and NexT Cultural Society (organiser of NexT International Film Festival www.nextfilmfestival.ro) a Romanian program of cinema education for high school students. The program is growing and they hope that one day students from the whole country will have the chance to be part of it.
In 2014, thanks to Ada Solomon‘s enthusiasm for the film AFTER THE SILENCE, they had (at last) the idea to add a documentary film to the three fiction films usually studied every year – they have started with AFTER THE SILENCE. Vanina has worked intensively with Rumanian pupils (15/18) – since then, her films are shown in Rumanian schools. In addition, for the pupils willing to go deeper into the study of cinema, she has conducted, with her editor Mélanie Braux, three editing workshops at the film school UNATC (film and theater state school), in Bucharest.
Vanina Vignal – Translation and adaptation Romanian/French
Vanina Vignal has translated and adapted Stella’s, Dimi’s (TV command) 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 (scripts ans subtitles) for other directors. Some of the films are listed below.
She started by translating and adapting the subtitles for the Romanian fiction feature film:
In 2008, she also translated Three days in Tanacu, a fiction feature length scenario, for Lucian Pintilie, but its production was interrupted.
The story became the scenario of Beyond the Hills, by Cristian Mungiu (based on a true story, and the non fiction novel of Tatiana Niculescu Bran), premiered in Cannes in 2012
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
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
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF NICOLAE CEAUSESCU
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 Beyond the hills and while starting the Festival life of AFTER THE SILENCE, Vanina Vignal translated and adaptated the subtitles of :
BEYOND THE HILLS by Cristian Mungiu
Official Selection Festival de Cannes 2012
Best Screenplay Cristian Mungiu
Best actress(es) Cristina Flutur and Cosmina Stratan
Production MOBRA FILM – Intrarea Serdarului, 5 Bucharest – Roumanie T : +40 21 6664827 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.mobrafilms.ro – WHY NOT (FRANCE) – LES FILMS DU FLEUVE (FRANCE) – FRANCE 3 CINEMA (FRANCE) – MANDRAGORA MOVIES (ROMANIA)
Distribution LE PACTE +33 (0)1 44 69 59 59 – email@example.com – http://www.le-pacte.com
Foreign sales WILD BUNCH – firstname.lastname@example.org – http://www.wildbunch-distribution.com/
French Release – end of 2012
In 2015, while she was learning german for one of her next films, Vanina Vignal has translated the scenario of GRADUATION, the next film of Cristian Mungiu, then she translated-adapted the subtitles of different versions of its editing… before delivering the final version for Cannes :
GRADUATION by Cristian Mungiu
Official selection of the Festival de Cannes 2016
Prix de la mise en scène (Best director) Cristian Mungiu
Production MOBRA FILMS – Intrarea Serdarului, 5 – Bucharest – Roumanie T : +40 21 6664827 – email@example.com – www.mobrafilms.ro – WHY NOT (FRANCE) – LES FILMS DU FLEUVE (FRANCE) – CANAL + (FRANCE) – FRANCE TELEVISIONS (FRANCE)
Distribution LE PACTE – +33 (0)1 44 69 59 59 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.le-pacte.com
Ventes à l’étranger WILD BUNCH – email@example.com – http://www.wildbunch-distribution.com/
In 2017, Vanina Vignal has translated the scenario LA GOMERA, the next film of Corneliu Porumboiu.
ULTIMUL DRUM SPRE MARE (The last trip to the seaside, Le dernier voyage à la mer) by Adrian Voicu
2019 – Rumania – 12′
Official selection of the Semaine de la critique 2019 (Cannes) Competition short film