about the Director
César Manzano was born in Caracas, Venezuela (1972). He studied social communications at the Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) but before graduating left for the USA where he studied acting at the Circle in the Square Theater School, in Broadway, New York, where he did some off-Broadway work as musical director (The Odyssey) alongside Tony Award Nominee Edward Berkely, and Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott.
Back in Venezuela he started a 25 years-long career working as an actor, writer and director on different plays, series, films and TV shows. He is currently living and working in Colombia.
He is known worldwide for directed and writing the feature film Espejos (2014), he directed Prueba de Fe (2016) and he was the editor for Las Bandidas (2013).
He won The Best Opera Prima Award at Festival del Cine Venezolano în 2015 for his feature film, Espejos; The Best Screenwriter Award at Festival Flor de Venezuela, in 2013 for Un dia cualquiera (shortfilm) and The Best Director and Best Editor Award at the Festival CHORTS – Caracas Short Film Fest, in 2014 for Buenas noches (shortfilm).
about the actor
Nicolae Vicol graduated, in 1999, from the University of Craiova, Faculty of Letters and History, Dramatic Art Department – Acting, class Prof. Remus Mărgineanu, and, since 2016, he has been part of the “Marin Sorescu” National Theatre’s company.
He has also played at the “Elvira Godeanu” Dramatic Theatre in Târgu Jiu, and “Ion D. Sîrbu” Dramatic Theatre in Petroşani, in more than 50 performances, on texts by Caragiale, Shakespeare, Gogol, Goldoni, Sophocles or Bulgakov.
Alongside his performance in his one man show Dragostele unui fante, another two of his successful roles were: Jean, the seductive opportunist in Miss July by August Strindberg and, in a very different way of interpretation, the resentful Semion Semionovici Poţekalnikov in The Suicide Boy by Nikolai Erdmand, an essential play about freedom, about the tragicalness and the absurd of the human condition.
He has also directed a few performances for children such as: Cinderella’s Story after Charles Perrault, and Little Muck by Wilhelm Hauff.
In the Craiova National Theatre’s current season, Nicolae Vicol is playing 6 plays: Where Is My Soul? after Marin Sorescu, directed by Norbert Boda; Farewell, Europe! after Ion D. Sîrbu, directed by Bogdan-Cristian Drăgan; Under(re)Construction by Marco Tesei, directed by Alex Teodorescu; Ajax. An Essay on Dementia after Sophocles, directed by Mihai Măniuțiu; The Old Man and the Euthanizer by Ionel Buşe, directed by Vlad Drăgulescu; The Jays by Al. Kiriţescu, directed by Alexandru Boureanu.