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Hear the Silence (Höre die Stille)

Feature film/War drama


Cast: Vera Stadler, Simon Hangartner, Oliver Troska, Maximilian Grüneisen, Matthias Horn, 

Marina Koch, Maja Jötten, Jessica Reichert, Dominik Fenster, Clarissa Molocher, Antonia Langenohl, 

Andreas Zahn, Andreas Wilke, Andreas Erb, Ana Sanchez, Lars Doppler, Alexandra Grant, Christa Schreiber, David Jobda 

 

Screenplay: Axel Melzener

Co-Writer: Julia Peters, Ed Ehrenberg

Director: Ed Ehrenberg

Director of Photography: Ludwig Franz (BVK)

Editor: Jan-Timo Sonnemann

Producer: Lou Binder 

Production: MFA, Monoloco Films, REDZONE Pictures, Eyesbearentertainment

 


October 1941. In the endless snow of Ukraine there's a small, peaceful village, like in a winter wonderland,. Its inhabitants are German-Russians, whose ancestors once migrated from Germany to Russia with the hope of a better future. 
But now the population just is consiting of women, children and elders. 

During the dekulakization all men were deported, recruited or murdered by Stalin. And there are rumours circulating about the approaching deportation of German-Russian woman and children.
A small, scattered unit of Nazi soldiers occupies the village. During a battle they'd been separated from their troops in the enemy's territory, far away from the German forces.
To the surprise of the occupiers the villagers welcome them joyfully as "liberators" and most residents see the Nazi soldiers as their sole hope for rescue. 

Just a few are skeptical toward the invaders. Both sides are moving closer together.
They tell each other about their dreams, their past and their individual goals for the future.
But then something unexpected happens and suddenly it shows up how in wartimes people change to brutal 

animals. A struggle for sheer survival unfolds.

 

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The feature film deals with group dynamics in times of essential threats, in which people need accomplices and bogeymen.
"Listen to the Silence" is a parable about losing innocence in war times, resulting in brutal pre-emptive strikes and people making themselves part of a chain of an unstoppable circle of violence. 

The cast of the film  has been composed of the acting graduates of the „München Film Akademie“ ("Munich Film Academy"). 

The shooting took place at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains in Sanok at the Museum of Folk Architecture (Muzeum Budownictwa Ludowego w  Sanoku). 

Awards:

  1. July 2016 – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD in Apchat - festival „Un Pays Un Film“ / France

  2. September 2016 – BEST WORLD FILM AWARD - Harlem Int'l Film Festival / New York, USA

  3. September 2016 – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - Footcandle Int'l Film Festival / Hickory / North Carolina, USA

  4. September 2016 – BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD - Haryana Int'l Film Festival / India

  5. September 2016 – BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD - Haryana Int'l Film Festival / India

  6. October 2016 – BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Nottingham Int'l Film Festival / Greatbritain

  7. October 2016 – BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD - Rahway Int'l Film Festival / New Jersey, USA

  8. October 2016 – BEST NARRATIVE FILM AWARD - Rahway Int'l Film Festival / New Jersey, USA

  9. October 2016 – BEST LEADING ACTOR (Lars Doppler) - Rahway Int'l Film Festival / New Jersey, USA

  10. November 2016 - BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD - Tirana Int'l Film Festival / Albania

  11. November 2016 - BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Festival Int'l de Cine Educativo y Espiritual / Ciudat Rodrigo / Spain

  12. November 2016 - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD - Hamilton Int'l Film Festival / Canada

  13. December 2016 – PRESIDENT'S AWARD – North Carolina Film Awards / North Carolina, USA

  14. December 2016 – JUDGE'S AWARD – North Carolina Film Awards / North Carolina, USA

  15. January 2017 - BEST FEATURE FILM – Festival Int'l De Cine Del Mar Caribe / Isla de Margarita / Venezuela

  16. February 2017 – BEST ACTOR - Lars Doppler - Medellin Int'l Film Festival / Medellin, Colombia

  17. March 2017 – BEST FEATURE FILM – BIG IMP – Indie Lincs Int'l Film Festival / Great Britain

  18. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD - Pickurflick International Film Festival / New Dehli, India

  19. May 2017 – BEST CINEMATOGRAPIE AWARD - Pickurflick International Film Festival / New Dehli, India

  20. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD - Cardiff International Film Festival / Greatbritain

  21. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD - Hoboken International Film Festival / Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

  22. May 2017 – BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Hoboken International Film Festival / Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

  23. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE FILM – Best Fiction Film Festival / Los Angeles, California, USA

  24. June 2017 – BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARD - Maracay International Film & Video Festival / Maracay, Venezuela

  25. August 2017 – BEST FEATURE FILM – Revolution Me Int'l Film Festival / Brooklyn, New York, USA

  26. April 2018 – BEST FEATURE FILM – Revolution Me Int'l Film Festival / Brooklyn, New York, USA

  27. Januar 2019 – BEST FEATURE FILM – 4th Banjara International Touring Film Festival, -Sicily /Italy 

Other Nominations:

    1. November 2016 - BEST FEATURE FILM - Nomination - Hamilton Int'l Film Festival / Canada

    2. November 2016 - BEST MUSIC - Nomination - Hamilton Int'l Film Festival / Canada

    3. March 2017 – BEST CINEMATOGRAPIE - Nomination – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    4. March 2017 – Best Foreign Language - Nomination – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    5. March 2017 – Best Writing - Nomination – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    6. March 2017 – Best Director - Nomination – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    7. March 2017 – Best Narrative Feature - Nomination – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

    8. March 2017 – AWARD NOMINEE BIG IMP - BEST FEATURE FILM - Indie Lincs International Film Festival / Lincoln, Greatbritain

    9. May 2017 – BEST DIRECTOR - Pickurflick International Film Festival / New Dehli, India

    10. May 2017 – BEST SCREENPLAY - Cardiff International Film Festival / Greatbritain

    11. May 2017 – BEST ACTOR – Simon Hangartner - Cardiff International Film Festival / Greatbritain

    12. May 2017 – BEST ACTRESS – Antonia Langenohl - Cardiff International Film Festival / Greatbritain

    13. May 2017 – BEST EDITING - Nomination - Hoboken International Film Festival / Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

    14. May 2017 – BEST SCREENPLAY - Nomination - Hoboken International Film Festival / Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

FESTIVALS:

  1. June 2016 – world premiere - OFFICIAL SELECTION - SHANGHAI INT'L FILM FESTIVAL / China

  2. July 2016 – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD in Apchat - festival „Un Pays Un Film“ / France

  3. September 2016 – BEST WORLD FILM AWARD - Harlem Int'l Film Festival / New York, USA

  4. September 2016 – AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD - Footcandle Int'l Film Festival / Hickory / North Carolina, USA

  5. September 2016 – BEST SCREENPLAY AWARD + BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD - Haryana Int'l Film Festival / India

  6. September 2016 – OFFICIAL SELECTION - Jagran Int'l Film Festival / India

  7. October 2016 – BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Nottingham Int'l Film Festival / Greatbritain

  8. October 2016 – BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD + BEST NARRATIVE FILM AWARD + BEST LEADING ACTOR (Lars Doppler) - Rahway Int'l Film Festival / New Jersey, USA

  9. November 2016 - BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD - Tirana Int'l Film Festival / Albania

  10. November 2016 - BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Festival Int'l de Cine Educativo y Espiritual / Ciudat Rodrigo / Spain

  11. November 2016 - BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD  + BEST FEATURE FILM - (Nomination) + BEST MUSIC (Nomination) - Hamilton Int'l Film Festival / Canada

  12. December 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION -Dhaka Int'l Short & Independent Film Festival / Bangladesh

  13. December 2016 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Chhatrapati Shivaji Int'l Film Festival / India

  14. December 2016 – PRESIDENT'S AWARD – JUDGE'S AWARD – North Carolina Film Awards / North Carolina, USA

  15. January 2017 - BEST FEATURE FILM – Festival Int'l De Cine Del Mar Caribe / Isla de Margarita / Venezuela

  16. February 2017 – BEST ACTOR - Lars Doppler – Festival Int'l de Cine de Medellin / Medellin, Colombia

  17. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Lanus Festival Int'l de Cine / Buenos Aires, Argentinia

  18. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – FiLUMS Int'l Film Festival / Lahore, Pakistan

  19. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Beloit Int'l Film Festival / Wisconsin, USA

  20. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Red Dirt Int'l Film Festival / Edmond, Oklahoma, USA

  21. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Soma Film Festival / Maplewood, New Yersey, USA

  22. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Fort Myers Int'l Film Festival / Florida, USA

  23. March 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Indie Lincs International Film Festival / Lincoln, Greatbritain

  24. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Athens International Film & Video Festival / Georgia, USA

  25. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Independant Days Karlsruhe / Germany

  26. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – FESTIVAL CINEMATOGRÁFICO INTERNACIONAL DEL URUGUAY Montevideo / Uruguay

  27. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Utah Film Awards / Utah, USA

  28. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Grenzland Filmtage Selb / Germany

  29. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Julien Dubuque International Film Festival / Iowa, USA

  30. April 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Newport Beach International Film Festival / Newport Beach, California, USA

  31. May 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Austrian Film Festival / Vianna, Austria

  32. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD - Cardiff International Film Festival / Greatbritain

  33. May 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION - Colortape International Film Festival / Brisbane, Australia

  34. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE FILM – Best Fiction Film Festival / Los Angeles, California, USA

  35. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD + BEST DIRECTOR AWARD - Hoboken International Film Festival / Greenwood Lake, New York, USA

  36. May 2017 – BEST FEATURE AWARD + BEST CINEMATOGRAPIE AWARD - Pickurflick International Film Festival / New Dehli, India

  37. June 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Golden Linden International Film Festival / Stara Zagora, Bulgaria

  38. June 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – International Independent Permanent Memories Festival / Italy

  39. June 2017 – BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN AWARD - Maracay International Film & Video Festival / Maracay, Venezuela

  40. July 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Durban International Film Festival / Durban, South Africa

  41. July 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Indy Film Festival / Indianapolis, Indiana, USA

  42. August 2017 - OFFICIAL SELECTION – Revolution Me Int'l Film Festival / Brooklyn, New York, USA

  43. October 2017 – San Francisco New Concept Int'l Film Festival / San Francisco, USA

  44. November 2017 – Red Rock Int'l Film Festival / Cedar City, Utah, USA

  45. April 2018 – Banjana Int'l Film Festival / Cedar City, Utah, USA

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