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
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.