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Silent Land Unclassified 18+
Cicha Ziemia

Language: English, French, Italian, Polish with English subtitles
Genre: Comedy , Drama

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A couple’s sun-filled sojourn in Italy takes a dark, unexpected turn when their comfortable apathy is tested by the arrival of a migrant worker.

Anna and Adam are soaking up the sun on an unnamed Italian island. When they discover the garden pool at their rental isn’t working, they demand that it be repaired despite local water shortages and the ocean being right at their door. When an undocumented migrant worker shows up to fix it, his disquieting presence sets in motion a series of events that magnify not only the cracks in Anna and Adam’s marriage, but also their lack of empathy for the suffering of others.

Aga Woszczynska’s slow-burning, politically charged debut feature is an expression of her belief that “indifference is the plague of the modern day”. She uses the implosion of a relationship to comment on Europe’s – and, indeed, the world’s – passivity and inaction regarding the ongoing plight of refugees and other displaced peoples. Recalling the films of Michael Haneke and Michelangelo Antonioni, Silent Land is a mystery of genuine unease that refuses to paint any of its characters as either all good or all bad; Woszczynska leaves us to judge, in so doing making us complicit in Anna and Adam’s selfishness.

“Bracing … Woszczynska’s potent film expertly plumbs the depths of denial.” – Salon

Tickets

Sun 07 Aug 9:30 pm [13181]
Silent Land (113 mins)
ACMI 1
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
Fri 12 Aug 3:30 pm [12410]
Silent Land (113 mins)
The Capitol
Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access

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Key Cast
Agnieszka Zulewska, Alma Jodorowsky, Dobromir Dymecki, Jean Marc Barr, Marcello Romolo
Director
Aga Woszczynska
Producer
Agnieszka Wasiak
Screenwriters
Aga Woszczynska, Piotr Jaksa Litwin
Cinematographer
Bartosz Swiniarski
Editor
Jaroslaw Kaminski
Production Designer
Ilaria Sadun
Premiere Status
Australian Premiere

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