Silent – by Yorgos Gkikapeppas; Thursday, 19.01. (Cinema 1) (second screening: 19.01. at 22:00 Cinema 1)

Greece, Belgium 2015, D: Yorgos Gkikapeppas, DCP, 92 Min,DCP  Greek with German subtitles

Plot:

A young woman’s lonely struggle to bring her voice back provokes her close
persons hysteria since they can’t forgive her silent controversy. The heroine’s
denial causes a deep crisis into her intellectual family. The preservation of a
free voice seems to be more vital than the capability of speech itself.
Dido looses her voice singing her favorite aria during her final courses in aria
in Poland. She returns to Athens, hides in the empty family house and tries to
be treated. The film unfolds her meetings with her familiars in the old house
where a forgotten diary of wounds and guilt is been revealed. The characters
stand furious in front of heroine’s traumatic silence, until the moment her
mother decides to give a violent end to her daughter’s isolation. The
“revolutionary” family is shaken and conflicts, as a miniature of a generation
who defended the right of free speech so much but now stands feared against
the dispute of the charismatic yet silent child that it has created.

Yorgos Gkikapeppas

Awarded twice the International Film Critics Award (Fipresci Prize) for his second feature “Silent” and for his debute film “The City of Children”, Yorgos Gkikapeppas born and lives in Athens, Greece. He studied cinema at Likourgos Stavrakos Film School. He worked in cinema, theatre and television directing films, stage plays and TV series. He also won the Best Greek Film Award (Greek Federation of Film Critics) for “The City of Children” and 3 Hellenic Film Academy Awards (2012).
In the HeArt of Soul 2016 (Documentary)
Silent 2015 (feature)
The City of Children 2011 (feature)
4, Oi Tesseris (TV Series, Mega) 2009
Mystery Stories (TV Series, ANT1) 2008
O Giteftis (TV Series, ANT1) 2008
A New Life (short) 2007
Greek One Act Plays (TV Series, ERT) 2007
Runaway (Short, screenplay) 2006