A Certain Kind of Silence

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    A Certain Kind of Silence

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    Directed by

    Czech Republic, Netherlands, Latvia

    2019

    96 min

    • English
    • German
    • Czech
    • Dutch

    Drama

    Mia is hired as an au pair. She knows she’ll be looking after a 10-year-old boy, but that is all. Yet her very first meeting with the family suggests that she is expected to do rather more than this. She has to pay the price for a life of high financial and intellectual reward by following a set of strict rules whose infringement would result in instantaneous dismissal and a ticket back home. However, it would also mean abandoning a child she is trying to reach out to, and losing her self-respect.

    Awards

    • Best First or Second Work of a Director (Bronze Pyramid) - Cairo IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Eliška Křenková
    Jacob Jutte
    Monic Hendrickx
    Roeland Fernhout
    Screenplay
    Michal Hogenauer
    Jakub Felcman
    Cinematography
    Gregg Telussa
    Editing
    Michal Reich
    Music
    Filip Míšek

    Director's Statement

    Most people know themselves just according to the basis of limited experience gained in every day’s life situations that are affected by the rules, laws, and principles that we regulate. Our changing roles behave according to the situations, the environment and the collective. But what happens when we leave our safe homes, when we change the size of playground, when we encounter a completely new and unfamiliar situation where our routine role does not equal to? What happens when people are not able to use the earlier guidelines for the proper choice? If we change the basic rules of the game, our old self does not necessary behave as we expected.
    Most people perceive evil as something what you are born with, like a trait of character which is completely unknown for other people. Tradition dictates when there is violent behaviour, we must look for the innate disposition of individual, our genetic personalities or family history. It’s a comforting idea that there is evil it ́s important to wise up that we all have that evil in ourselves, we can learn to be good as well as to be bad. Everyone can commit a terrible crime which has been com- mitted by a human being. The evil is what we all — ordinary people — can do under certain conditions and in a certain situation.
    The film A CERTAIN KIND OF SILENCE tries to capture just such a state. It focuses on the subject of manipulation, on the gradual and systematic manipulation in which a person — in this case a young au pair —partici- pates in things that were previously amoral for her.
    Is it so easy to replace and delete the old order? How far can it go? And is it possible to come back?

    Production
    NEGATIV FILM PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    With its artfully muted Scandi-chic color palette, painstakingly framed architecture porn and almost subliminal drone-driven score, A CERTAIN KIND OF SILENCE is a gorgeous aesthetic experience.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Michal Hogenauer

    Michal Hogenauer

    Czech Republic

    Michal Hogenauer was born in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1984. He attended the FAMU in Prague and wrote his thesis about Michael Haneke’s film language. He works as a dramaturge for Czech television and as a programmer for several film festivals. His short film CHILDREN WATCHING NIGHT TRAINS (2008) was screened at Premiers Plans in 2009, and his graduation film TAMBYLLES (2012) premiered at Cinéfondation selection at Cannes Film Festival in 2012. In 2015 he co-founded a film educational platform Cinergy Prague. Michal works as a freelance script consultant and festival programmer. A CERTAIN KIND OF SILENCE is his feature debut.

    Selected Filmography