SILENT 15+

Credits

Director

Yorgos Gkikapeppas

Country

Greece, 2015

Running Time

92mins

Category

Drama

Language

Greek with English subtitles

Written by Yorgos Gkikapeppas
Produced by Yorgos Gkikapeppas
Starring: Kika Georgiou, Aneza Papadopoulou, Manos Vakousis, Electra Nikolouzou

About the Director:
Born in Athens, Yorgos Gkikapeppas studied cinema at the Stavrakos Film School before directing films, theatre and TV series. He won the National Prize in the Young Playwright’s competition. Silent is his second feature film after City of Children (2011).

“The truth of the matter is that our era ‘speaks’ more than any other... What eventually is said and how liberating that might be is, in fact, the question Silent aims to answer.” Filmmaker Yorgos Gkikapeppas

After an award-winning debut with City of Children (2011),Yorgos Gkikapeppas reteams with luminous leading lady Kika Georgiou to create this revelatory meditation on our desire to be heard.

A young opera singer in her final year of studies in Poland is struck by a mysterious affliction that renders her unable to speak. She returns to her intellectual family in Greece but finds they treat her – and her silence – with hostility. She detaches herself and retreats into an isolated world where she spirals into the darkness of the past.

Within this elegantly simple allegory, Gkikapeppas tackles resonating themes of oppression and freedom of speech at a time when we’re all scrambling to have our say.

Winner of the FIPRESCI prize at the Thessaloniki Film Festival, and Special Effects and Innovation at the Hellenic Film Academy Awards.

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