Silent Ones
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    Silent Ones

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Hungary


    97 min

    • Hungarian


    Sarajevo IFFKaunas IFFMostra Sao Paulo FFDu Films Des Femmes Creteil FF

    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 has 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 businessman 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.


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    • Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor (Roland Rába) - Lecce European FF
    • Best Feature Film - Berlin Independent FF
    • Best Debut - International Debut FF
    • Best Female Director - Toronto Independent FF
    • Best Feature Film - New York No Limits
    • Best Cinematography, Honourable Mention in the Category of Narrative Feature Film - Los Angeles women's Independent FF 2014
    • Best Cinematography, Best Editing - Cyprus IFF



    Orsi Tóth
    Roland Rába
    Fatih Dervisoglu
    Ricky Rijneke
    Gergely Pohárnok
    Jean-Paul de Zaeytijd
    Ricky Rijneke
    Andrey Dergachev


    The chemistry between the two is amazing. It is somewhat reminiscent of Bruno Dumont's Hors Satan, only much softer and warmer. A powerful, very self-assured debut, Silent Ones confirms that this director is one to watch.

    International Cinephile Society (ICS)

    An intriguing set-up and a stylish look, visually ravishing

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A beautiful discovery... Self-assured, dislocating directing debut... Powerful signature and worthwhile... Good reason to watch in the cinema... Magic images... Stunning experience... Beautiful cinema

    de Volkskrant

    Impressive... Quite magical

    de Filmkrant

    Ricky Rijneke

    Ricky Rijneke


    Ricky Rijneke graduated as Master of Arts in European Media with honors and is a film director who also works as scriptwriter and editor. In September 2015 she was invited to Toronto Talent Lab for 10 emerging talents, mentored by Wim Wenders, Jim Stark and Małgorzata Szumowska.
    Her first short wing, the Fish that Talked Back premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Leopards for young talent. This award winning film gained international acclaim at more then 50 international film festivals, such as Ghent (competition Prix UIP), San Francisco (Golden Gate Award competition), Hamburg, Denver, Bilbao and Toronto.
    Ricky’s first feature film Silent Ones premiered in competition at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and was nominated for the Tiger Award. The film was selected for many major and independent film festivals, such as Sarajevo, Moscow, Mostra de São Paulo, T-Mobile New Horizons, Films de Femmes de Créteil, Toronto, Berlin, New York, and many others. Silent Ones won 11 awards out of 15 nominations. Her project THE HUNTER'S SON was selected for the Venise Gap-financing Market 2019.