Young Dutch director Ricky Rijneke examines with meticulous shots the fragile dividing line between life and death in her feature debut.
Hungarian Csilla wakes up inside a crashed car, somewhere in the countryside. Her younger brother Isti is nowhere to be found. Dazed, Csilla leaves the spot to begin a second life, as she promised her brother she would. She’ll never return. Persuaded by the shady Gabor - he is involved in ‘import and export’ - she sets off with him in a freighter to Western Europe. During the endless journey, Gabor violates her and Csilla loses her only reminder of Isti. Slowly, she loses her grip. Life on board the freighter is like a vacuum in which Csilla finds herself - a surrealistic twilight zone.
For Silent Ones, a former CineMart project, Rijneke brought together dexterously a choice selection of prize-winning European film talent, including Gergely Pohárnok (Hukkle, Taxidermia) and Jean-Paul de Zaeytijd (Bouli Lanners’ regular DOP) for the camera work. Andrej Dergatchev (who worked on The Return and The Banishment by Andrej Zvjagintsev) sets the tone for the film with his dreamy-ominous soundtrack. With her expressive face and few words, the Hungarian Orsi Tóth (Delta, Women Without Men) portrays a young woman fighting herself and her past.

Original title
A csendesek
Filmmaker
Ricky Rijneke
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands, Hungary
Year
2013
Medium
DCP
Length
97’
Language
Hungarian
Producer
Dirk Rijneke, Mildred van Leeuwaarden
Production Company
Rotterdam Films
Sales
WIDE
Writer
Ricky Rijneke
Cinematography
Gergely Pohárnok, Jean-Paul De Zaeytijd
Editor
Ricky Rijneke
Sound Design
Andrey Dergatchev
Music
Andrey Dergatchev
Cast
Orsi Toth, Roland Rába
Website
http://www.silentonesfilm.com