The Language of Silence
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    The Language of Silence

    Tystnadens språk

    Directed by



    59 min

    • English
    • Finnish
    • Swedish


    A suitcase full of photos, diaries, phonebooks and a tape with Finnish tango sets Swedish filmmaker Frans Huhta off on an odyssey to get to know his deceased mother and come to peace with a heritage in the shadow of a suicide.


    Labels & Line Ups


    Frans Huhta Karlsson
    Erik Lindeberg
    Robert Nordström
    Maximilien Van Aertryck
    Calle Björned
    Martin Torbjörnsson
    Sascha Fülsher
    Nicklas Estberg
    Frans Huhta
    Jean-Louis Huhta

    Director's Statement

    The sudden loss of someone who was close to you, who was recently tingling with life in every cell, cannot be described in words. And maybe that's why I was compelled to make this film. As if the need to communicate the inexpressible had taken this path, or rather forced its way up to the surface. Silence will never be an option. This film is a bridge, a meeting place, a starting point for a dialog about what must rise to the surface, about what we can't put words on.

    Frans Huhta Karlsson

    Frans Huhta Karlsson


    Frans Huhta Karlsson is a documentary filmmaker with an eye for cinematic storytelling. He has directed four short and mid-length films which have been screened on Swedish television and international film festivals. Besides developing his first feature length documentary, THE LANGUAGE OF SILENCE, Frans works as a cinematographer and editor, primarily for SVT’s flagship investigative journalism program MISSION INVESTIGATION. 2011/2012 he undertook graduate level studies in documentary film at Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts.