The Distance Between Me and Me
We all wrestle with our past. Some more than others. Romanian Jewish avant-garde poet, musician, visual artist, femme fatale, prodigious drinker and terminal smoker Nina Cassian had more than most to wrestle with. Her refuge in the Communist underground during the Fascist 1940s put her first in complicit proximity to the Stalinist regime of the 1950s. Then propelled her on a collision course with the Ceausescu regime in the 1970s and eventually sent her into an unwanted New York exile in 1985, when her poems led to a secret police murder. An intensely personal film about art, belief and politics based on a rich archive of films, music, poems, official television appearances, never-before-seen private recordings and secret police surveillance materials.
The evening starts with a special performance by the Amsterdam Balkan Women's Choir, after which the film starts. Director Dana Bunescu is present and will answer questions from the audience after the screening of her film.
The evening will be festively closed with a 'cocktail party' on the mezzanine. You can also buy books from Nina Cassian there. In collaboration with Spotlight Romania.