Nadja Tesich was born in Yugoslavia. She taught film at Brooklyn College and French literature at Rutgers University. She is the author of the novels Shadow Partisan, Native Land and Far From Vietnam and the literary memoir To Die in Chicago. She is the writer and director of Film for my Son. As an actress she starred in Eric Rohmer’s Nadja à Paris.


‘Nadja à Paris’

Nadja Tesich jogging in Eric Rohmer's Nadja à Paris, 1964

When I attempt to describe my years in Paris, no one believes me, I can tell. It was too Hollywood-dream perfect. Here is Nadja coming out of the student restaurant, minding her own business, and who should appear next but Eric Rohmer and within minutes he wants to make a film about her life.