THE SILENCE

Cast: Fatma Alakus, Cahide Ozel, Valentina Carnelutti

Directors: Farnoosh Samadi, Ali Asgari Producer: Giovanni Pompili - Kino Produzioni Co-producer: Olivier Chantriaux - Filmo Cinematography: Alberto Marchiori Editing: Mauro Rossi Music: Matti Paalanen Direttrice di Produzione: Lisa Ricciardi Assistant Director: Riccardo Romboli Set design: Ilaria Sadun Costume design: Lavinia Bonsignore  Make-up: Camilla Spalvieri Sound: Daniele de Angelis Sound editing and Mix: Lionel Guenoun Color Correction: Andrea Maguolo With the support of Azienda Ospedaliera San Giovanni - Addolorata di Roma and CIES

Country: Italy-France Year: 2016 Length: 14’

SYNOPSIS

Fatma and her mother are Kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother, but she keeps silent. 

DIRECTORS’ NOTE

“The creation of any art has a direct relationship with the emotions of an artist. In fact, his work can be a reflection of his feelings and experiences that he has lived, not only as an artist but also as a human being. Perhaps he finds a part of his existence in his work. This short film has also a close relationship with our life. We moved to Italy for university and as migrants we had several experiences that inspired us for making this film. We chose to tell a simple story about communication because it has a symbolic meaning for us. We believe that the use of language has an important Function for the human beings to communicate , but in the context of immigration, it plays even a more essential role. In this short film, we wanted to depict the universe of migrants and their confrontation with a new life after arriving in a new country. We focused on migrant children as we believed that they are silent witnesses of what is happening around them”. Farnoosh Samadi and Ali Asgari

ACCOLADES

  • Best Short Film - 20 MinMax International Short Film Festival 2017 - Winner

  • Best Short Film - Aix-en-Provence International Short Film Festival 2016 - Winner

  • Best short fiction film - Adana Film Festival 2016 - Nominee

  • Best narrative short - Atlanta Film Festival 2017 - Winner

  • Best film - al Berlin Interfilm Festival 2016 – Winner

  • Best Short Film - Brussels Short Film Festival 2017 – Nominee

  • SIGNIS AWARD Special Mention Expresion en Corto International Film Festival 2016 – Winner

  • International Competition Best Short Narrative Film, Best Short Film – Fajr Film Festival – Nominee

  • International Competition - Best European Film Flickerfest International Short Film Festival 2017 – Winner

  • Golden Starfish Award, Narrative Short - Hamptons International Film Festival 2016 – Winner - Golden Cat Award, Third Prize - International Izmir Short Film Festival 2016 – Winner

  • Special Prize, Short Film - Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists 2017 – Winner

  • Prix Louis Le Prince, Best Short Film - Leeds International Film Festival 2016 – Winner

  • Jury Award, Best Short Film - Leiden International Short Film Experience 2017 – Winner

  • Short Film Award - London Film Festival 2016 – Nominee

  • Best Short Film - Melbourne International Film Festival 2016 – Nominee

  • Jury Award, Short Film - Mons International Festival of Love Films 2017 – Winner

  • Best Short Film, Short Film - Nashville Film Festival 2017 – Nominee

  • Jury Prize, Short Narrative Competition - Sarasota Film Festival 2017 – Winner

  • Grand Prix, International Competition - Tampere International Short Film Festival 2017 – Nominee

  • International Competition, Best Short Film - Tehran Short Film Festival 2016 – Nominee

  • Grand Prix, Best Short Film - Uppsala International Short Film Festival 2016 – Nominee

  • Golden Spike, Best Short Film Valladolid International Film Festival 2016 – Winner

  • People’s Choice Award and Special Jury Prize - VideoMaker Film Festival 2017 – Winner

  • The Golden Pram, Shorts - Zagreb Film Festival 2016 – Nominee

  • Zlin Dog, Best Fiction Film - Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth 2017 - Winner