Drama - Completed 2013

After her brother's disappearance, a young Hungarian woman (Orsi Tóth) leaves
aboard a cargo ship to keep her promise of finding a better life.
A surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.

    • Year of production
    • 2013
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 97 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Ricky RIJNEKE
    • Writer(s)
    • Ricky RIJNEKE
    • Producer(s)
    • Mildred VAN LEEUWAARDEN (Rotterdam Films), Dirk RIJNEKE (Rotterdam Films)
    • Synopsis
    • The young Eastern European woman Csilla and her little brother Isti are travelling together without a clear destination, looking for a better life. One day Csilla wakes up inside a crashed car, in the middle of nowhere, not knowing where her brother Isti is. He is vanished without a trace. Upset and alone, without saying a word, Csilla leaves aboard a cargo ship heading to Western Europe. She flees her country and her past to a cold and lonely life to keep a promise she made to him. But the world she's left
      behind won't let her go that easily. At sea Gábor, a self-proclaimed business man who convinced her to work for him on the ship, turns out to be a brute and a drunk.
      When Gábor assaults her and takes her last souvenir of Isti, Csilla loses grip on her life completely. The journey turns into a surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.
      For Silent Ones, Rijneke brought together a choice selection of prize-winning European
      film talent including Berlinale’s shooting star Orsi Tóth known from a.o. Pleasant Days (Zilver Leopard Locarno), Delta (official competition Cannes) by Kornel Mundruczo and Women Without Men (Shirin Neshat, Silver Lion Venice), The Notebook (Janos Szasz, Grand prix Karlovy Vary).
      Cinematographers Gergely Pohárnok (Hukkle, Taxidermia (Cannes)) and Jean-Paul de Zaeytijd (Les Géants, Eldorado, Ultranova, all screened in Cannes).
      Composer Andrey Dergatchev designed the soundscape and composed the music. He is the critically acclaimed composer of The Return (Golden Lion Venice) and The Banishment (award winning in Cannes) by Andrey Zvjagintsev.
      Actress and singer-songwriter Vanessa Paradis contributed with her famous song ‘Joe Le Taxi’.
    • Partners & financing
    • Dutch Film Fund. Rotterdam Films,Werkstad,
    • Production schedule
    • completed