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 in France for my future films (incest and pedofilia). This interest has drawn me to Germany, to its innerland scar (future film).
Vanina Vignal
STELLA (“Prix du Patrimoine” at the Cinéma du Réel – 2007) was Vanina Vignal’s first film as a director NOVEMBREproductions –
Cinéma du réel 2007 : Stella, her husband and sister live in a shantytown installed under the motorway in Plaine Saint-Denis just north of Paris. Stella begs in the metro, and the hospital where she goes for treatment is her only contact with society. One of the invisible, illegal immigrants of our cities, she was a factory worker during the Ceausescu regime. She has devoted her life to saving the man she loves. She fights on silently.
AFTER THE SILENCE (Cinéma du Réel 2012, Vision du réel 2012) (dramatic adviser Johanna Straub) 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, about how silence 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.
Ada Solomon (producer of the Romanian film “Child’s Pose” winner of Berlinale’s Golden Bear in 2013, and of the film « Aferim » by Radu Jude, Golden Bear of the best director 2015), asked to be in charge of the Q&A at AFTER THE SILENCE’s Bucharest première in march 2013: “This film should be shown in schools because it could be another way of helping us to analyse our past and break free of the grip it still has on society today. »
Due to Ada Solomon and NexT Cultural Society which is coordinating these kind of actions, the film began to be shown in Colleges since 2014 – in a educational program inspired by the french program Lycéens au cinéma.
(for television) – 26mn’- collection Visages d’Europe – 2008 – ARTE – Production : Les Films d’ici – Ventes Internationales : Arte Distribution –
Films in development/in production
Borderland (ex title : along the scar)
Co-directing with Johanna Straub – NOVEMBREproductions, Paris
A quarter of a century after reunification, the line in between the formerly divided eastern and western parts of Germany is still visible. The filming covers our 1400 kilometers foot walk along this former border which permits an exploration of a country which has been divided into two cultures. The abstract concept of separation is put into question when it comes down to encountering the people who lived near the border yesterday, who live there today and who will live there tomorrow. The walking and filming also permits an exploration of a place where it was accepted that people could die, like in many other borders where people are still dying today.
Awakening – Documentary feature lenght film
(dramatic adviser Johanna Straub)

Vanina has started to meet lots of young Romanians who did not experience Communism directly (but who inherited much more than they think), young people who are thinking in terms of activism in a society that is slowly awakening.
Secrets – Documentary feature lenght film
Co-directing with Johanna Straub
– NOVEMBREproductions, Paris
Incest and pedophilia.
Vanina Vignal is also writing her firsts fiction projects around domestic dictatorships
. A short film – The ordinary torture inflicted by a domestic perverse dictator, during a family dinner.
. A feature film – Pedofilia and incest
Mélanie Braux is editing all of Vanina Vignal’s films