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SILENCE, THE (LETZTE SCHWEIGEN, DAS)

SILENCE, THE
Scene from "The Silence" (photo © CinePlus/Luethje & Schneider Film/Jan Rasmus Voss)

A bicycle found in a wheat field. A missing girl. Is history repeating itself? 23 years ago, a young girl named Pia was raped and murdered at this exact spot. Has the same thing happened now to 13-year-old Sinikka? Krischan, the retired police inspector who led the first investigation, is convinced that there's a connection between the two crimes. His efforts to capture the killer back then were unsuccessful; this time, he is determined to bring him to justice together with his younger colleague David. While Sinikka's parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, their daughter's fate rips open old wounds in the heart of the first victim's mother. She, in turn, has the unsettling feeling that a visitor to her home – a nice young man, married with two children – is her daughter's killer. As the days go by, an unbearable heat lies over the town's modest homes like a bell jar. And behind the doors, once intact worlds begin to fall apart.

In this strikingly commanding feature, Baran bo Odar confirms his status as one of the most promising and talented young directors of today. His exceptional directing skills and distinctly cinematic language give this screen adaptation of a bestselling novel its unmistakable signature.


Baran bo Odar born in Switzerland in 1978, studied Directing at the University of Television & Film Munich (HFF). He worked on several commercials, music videos and award-winning short films including 216 (1998), UND WIR SUCHEN NACH DEM GLÜCK (2002), KILL YOUR STEREO (2003), SQUEAK (2005) and UNDER THE SUN (2006). His feature debut THE SILENCE (2010) premiered at the Piazza Grande in Locarno and gained him a spot as one of Variety’s Ten Directors to Watch in 2011.
Genre Thriller, Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2010
Director Baran bo Odar
Screenplay Baran bo Odar
Cinematography Nikolaus Summerer
Robert Rzesacz
Pas de Deux
Christian M. Goldbeck, Yesim Zolan
Cast Katrin Sass, Burghart Klaußner, Karoline Eichhorn, Roeland Wiesnekker, Ulrich Thomsen, Claudia Michelsen, Oliver Stokowski, Wotan Wilke Möhring, Sebastian Blomberg, Jule Böwe
Producers Jörg Schulze, Frank Evers, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider
Production Companies cine plus Filmproduktion, lüthje schneider hörl FILM/Munich, in co-production with ZDF, in cooperation with ARTE
Length 119 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Locarno 2010 (Piazza Grande), Stockholm 2010 (In Competition), Palm Springs 2011, Cleveland 2011
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung, German Federal Film Fund

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