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February 7, 2023

“Romanian Theatrical and Cinematographic Excellence – Maia Morgenstern Spotlight Tribute” in Rome

A string of events shining the spotlight on Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern will take place over October 16 – 19 in Rome, under the title “Romanian Theatrical and Cinematographic Excellence – Maia Morgenstern Spotlight Tribute”, Accademia di Romania informs.
Lucian Pintilie’s feature film ‘The Oak’ (produced in 1992) will be screened with Italian subtitles on Thursday, October 16, at the Accademia di Romania in Rome. The film starring Maia Morgenstern tells the story of a young female graduate who battles the rigid structures of society in the last years before the fall of communism.
A double recital, of actress Maia Morgenstern and ballet dancer Valentin Rosca is scheduled for Friday, October 17. Titled “Lil’ and wicked”, the show is built around poetry written by Romanian born Jewish writer Isaac Lazarovici. The show was directed by Maia Morgenstern and choreographed by Valentin Rosca.
On the third day of the event, Saturday, October 18, the show “A Woman Alone”, an adaptation of Dario Fo and Franca Rame’s monologue, will take the stage.
On Sunday, October 19, Maia Morgenstern will meet with the Jewish community in Rome.
Romanian actress of Jewish descent Maia Morgenstern has been directing the State Jewish Theatre since the autumn of 2012. She made her debut three decades ago, on the stage of this institution, and in 1990 she first stepped on the boards of the National Theatre of Bucharest, with the leading roles in “An Ancient Trilogy” staged by mould-breaking director Andrei Serban. Morgenstern received public acclaim for her on-screen performance in Romania, long before she captivated international audiences with her roles in “The Oak” (1992, directed by Lucian Pintilie); “The Look of Ulysses” (1995, directed by Theodorus Angelopoulos) and the “Passion of the Christ” (2004, directed by Mel Gibson).
Her exquisite cinema performance earned her prizes such as the ‘Silver Bear’ awarded to her at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival for her role in “The Oak”; the 2004 ‘Actress and Woman of the Year’ Award of the European Parliament; the 2004 EMMA Award for the part Mary in “The Passion of the Christ”, the 1993 Romanian Association of Theatre Artists ‘Best Actress’ Award for the lead part in “Tonight: Lola Blau” and the ‘Lucia Sturdza Bulandra’ National Award for Best Actress, for the ‘Medeea’ part in Andrei Serban’s “Ancient Trilogy.”
The performing event ‘Romanian Theatrical and Cinematographic Excellence – Maia Morgenstern Spotlight Tribute’ is organized by Accademia di Romania in Rome and the Romanian Cultural Institute in partnership with the State Jewish Theatre in Bucharest.

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