The Distance Between Me And Me

  • Romania
  • United States
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A mesmerizing artist whose life is a fight to the death between ethics and aesthetics safeguards her faith in fairy tales through fascism, communism, and an unwanted exile into late capitalism.

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 Ceaușescu regime in the 1970s, and eventually sent her into an unwanted New York exile in 1985, when her samizdat poems led to a secret police murder.

An intensely personal film about art, belief, and politics, The Distance Between Me and Me looks at the friction between individual memory and official archives, between our present reality and the narratives we construct about our former selves by setting Nina’s words during her last year of life against a rich archive of films, music, poems, official television appearances, never-before-seen private recordings, and secret police surveillance materials. The result is as an illumination of the ethical and aesthetic quandaries that belong as much to our past as they seem to prefigure our troubled future.


  • Original Title
    Distanța dintre mine și mine
  • Direction
  • Screenplay
    Ada Salomon
  • Cinematography
    Ovidiu Mărginean, Rudolf Costin
  • Editing
    Dana Bunescu
  • Music
    Nina Cassian
  • Sound
    Dana Bunescu
  • Runtime
    89 min (46-90 min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • Romania
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
    • Black & White
  • Production
  • Festivals
    • Trieste Film Festival, 2019
    • Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, 2018
    • One World Romania, International Human Rights & Documentary Film Festival, Bucharest 2019
    • SEEfest, South East European Film Festival in Los Angeles, 2019
    • Transylvania International Film Festival, Cluj-Napoca, 2019
  • Awards
    • Les Films de Cannes à Bucarest, 2018 – Audience Award is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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