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Soundless (Lautlos)

Soundless
Joachim Król (photo © X Verleih)

The hit-man Viktor makes the biggest mistake possible in his line of work: he falls in love. The silent angel of death, who has always carried out his jobs with ice-cold precision, saves the life of the mysterious Nina. As the two lonely souls slowly begin to grow closer together, Viktor’s well-ordered life starts to fall apart – and the police profiler Lang is soon hot on his trail. Viktor doesn’t know if he can trust Nina with his true identity. But he’s ready to risk everything for his love – although the noose around his neck is tightening by the minute...


Mennan Yapo was born in 1966 the son of Turkish parents in Munich. He started his film career in 1988, working with various German distributors in marketing. In 1995, he began writing scripts in English and German, produced several shorts and appeared in Peter Greenaway’s The Pillow Book (1996) and in Wolfgang Becker’s Good Bye, Lenin! (2003). Also active as a writer, producer and director, his films include Framed (1999) and Soundless (Lautlos, 2004).
Genre Thriller
Category Feature
Year of Production 2004
Director Mennan Yapo
Screenplay Lars-Olav Beier
Cinematography Torsten Lippstock
Dirk Vaihinger
Gary Marlowe, Ben Mono
Simon Boucherie
Cast Joachim Król, Nadja Uhl, Christian Berkel, Rudolf Martin
Producers Tom Tykwer, Stefan Arndt
Production Company X Filme Creative Pool
Length 96 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby SRD
Festivals Denver 2004, Taormina 2004 (In Competition), Hamptons 2004, Kyiv 2004, Berlin 2005 (German Cinema), Houston 2005, Shanghai 2005
Awards Platinum Award Houston 2005
With backing from German Federal Film Board, FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, MFG Baden-Württemberg
German Distributor X Verleih

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