Between Silence and Sin will be an intensely personal biography interweaving testimonials from Ana Blandiana, extensive use of never-before-seen archival materials, private recordings, official television and radio appearances, and other archival materials. The film will utilize footage shot throughout Romania paired with Blandiana’s poetry to reflect the events captured in the story, as her writing over eight decades mirror the turmoil and transition in Romania and Eastern Europe. The result will be a visually striking film that will convey not just the factual events of Blandiana’s life but also her poetic sensibilities.
Production began in July 2021, filming the most extensive set of interviews with Ana Blandiana ever conducted in three different locations throughout Romania — Bucharest (site of her home), Sighetu Marmației (site of the Memorial to the Victims of Communism she founded), and the site of her country home. Scenes of her at schools, conferences, and ordinary life help further paint a portrait of this complex and compelling character. Additionally, dozens of hours of video archives and hundreds of personal photos have been acquired.
Over the coming months, we will be working to identify and access relevant material from the film and television archives in Romania and other areas of Europe, as Blandiana has more than 60 years of life in the public eye in Romania.