U.S. Premiere | Q&A with René Frölke and writer Norman Manea followed by a book signing
Twenty minutes into his mesmerizing, formally inventive portrait of the legendary Romanian writer Norman Manea—a survivor of the concentration camps as a child who escaped the Ceaușescu regime in 1986 and now lives in the U.S.—René Frölke does what few cinematic biographers dare to do: put their subjects’ texts on screen. The inclusion of a complete story from Manea, which we read piecemeal throughout, is just one of the many playful moves Frölke makes in this collage-like, ceaselessly surprising, and deeply moving film. A study of the day-to-day business of intellectual life (panels, book signings, interviews), Le Beau Danger is also a sensitive meditation on the experience of exile.