The Silence

The Silence  {Das Letzte Schweigen}
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The Silence
Das Letzte Schweigen
Germany, 2010, 119 Minute Running Time
Topic: Drama
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: German English Sub-Titles

This highly-assured sophomore feature about two unresolved murder cases firmly establishes writer–director Baran bo Odar as a major international talent. More melodrama than thriller, it cleverly binds its disparate characters together through themes of loneliness, guilt and atonement.

When 13-year-old Sinikka’s bicycle is found in a wheat field, a retired police inspector is certain it is linked to the rape and murder of another girl 23 years earlier to the day. But the younger investigator on the case, recently widowed, is reluctant to tell Sinikka’s parents until her body—and her killer—is found. As we delve deeper and deeper into the characters inner psyches, questions of “Whodunit?” become less central than concerns over how the characters will cope. Nuanced performances by a talented ensemble cast, exquisitely composed frames, and a dramatic yet restrained pace make for a captivating film going experience. And the quiet but steadily building internal trauma of the victims’ families transforms their silence into a deafening roar.

Director to attend 1/8 & 1/10 screenings

DIRECTOR: Baran Bo Odar
Producer: Frank Evers, Jorg Schulze, Florian Schneider, Maren Luthje
Editor: Robert Rzesacz
Screenwriter: Baran Bo Odar
Cinematographer: Nikolaus Summerer
Music: Pos de Deux
Principal Cast: Sebastian Blomberg, Wotan Wilke Mohring, Katrin Sass, Burghart Klaussner, Karoline Eichhorm, Roeland Wiesnekker, Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Oliver Stokowski
Filmography: Under the Sun (2006)
Print Source: Bavaria Film International - www.bavaria-film-international.de


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