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The Silence (2010) More at IMDbPro »Das letzte Schweigen (original title)

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The Silence -- 13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

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Writers:
Baran bo Odar (screenplay)
Jan Costin Wagner (novel)
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Release Date:
19 August 2010 (Germany) See more »
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Plot:
13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past. | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 win & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"Foreboding and melodramatic story..." See more (18 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ulrich Thomsen ... Peer Sommer
Wotan Wilke Möhring ... Timo Friedrich

Katrin Saß ... Elena Lange (as Katrin Sass)

Sebastian Blomberg ... David Jahn

Burghart Klaußner ... Krischan Mittich
Karoline Eichhorn ... Ruth Weghamm
Roeland Wiesnekker ... Karl Weghamm
Jule Böwe ... Jana Gläser
Oliver Stokowski ... Matthias Grimmer

Claudia Michelsen ... Julia Friedrich
Amon Robert Wendel ... Malte
Kara McSorley ... Laura
Anna Lena Klenke ... Sinikka (as Anna-Lena Klenke)
Helene Luise Doppler ... Pia (as Helene Doppler)
Eric Bouwer ... Azubi Polizei
Johann Jürgens ... Georg
Liane Düsterhöft ... Nachbarin
Hildegard Schroedter ... Maria
Hilmar Eichhorn ... Tobias
Michael Dorn ... Sascha
Michaela Hanser ... Margot
Matthias Schullan ... Vorarbeiter
Katrin Hansmeier ... Krankenschwester
Melina Fabian ... Marlina
Bruno Suhr ... Junge auf Schaukel
Victoria Herrmann ... Talkmasterin
Christof Schneider ... Taucher
Anja Rybiczka ... Sprecherin
Britta Nothnage ... Sprecherin
Ellen Heinle ... Sprecherin
Jannis Michel ... Sprecher
Noah Wiechers ... Sprecher
Robert Levin ... Sprecher
Yvonne Krause ... Sprecherin
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johannes Suhm ... Falk (uncredited)

Directed by
Baran bo Odar 
 
Writing credits
Baran bo Odar (screenplay)

Jan Costin Wagner (novel "Das Schweigen")

Produced by
Baran bo Odar .... co-producer
Christian Cloos .... commissioning editor: ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel
Frank Evers .... producer
Jantje Friese .... producer
Jana Götze .... junior producer
Doris Hepp .... commissioning editor: ZDF/arte
Andreas Hörl .... line producer
Maren Lüthje .... producer
Florian Schneider .... producer
Jörg Schulze .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Kamm  (as Pas de Deux)
Kris Steininger  (as Pas de Deux)
 
Cinematography by
Nikolaus Summerer (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Rzesacz 
 
Casting by
Anja Dihrberg 
 
Production Design by
Christian M. Goldbeck 
Yesim Zolan 
 
Set Decoration by
Sabin Enste 
 
Costume Design by
Katharina Ost 
 
Makeup Department
Elke Lebender .... key makeup artist
Jeannette Latzelsberger .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Jantje Friese .... production manager
Olaf Kirbach .... unit manager
Uli Kunz .... post-production supervisor
Niels Rinke .... post-production supervisor
Przemek Abraham .... set manager (uncredited)
Johannes Schuchardt .... set manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lars Gmehling .... first assistant director
Jana Swienty .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Daphne Tsaliki .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Stefanie Arndt .... assistant set decorator
Marie Charlotte Matthaei .... stand-by props (as Marie-Charlotte Matthäi)
Tina Mursall .... property master (as Tina Mursal)
James Cowley .... set/prop builder (uncredited)
Maria Klingner .... assistant stand-by props (uncredited)
Stephan von Tresckow .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Philipp Bitter .... dialogue editor
Johannes Doberenz .... sound mixer
Tom Korr .... re-recording mixer
Lutz Lassek .... boom operator
Stefan Schiminski .... boom operator
Christoph Ulbich .... sound designer
Jörg Klinkenberg .... foley artist (uncredited)
Marcus Sujata .... foley mixer (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Bartsch .... post-production supervisor: digital intermediate
Thomas Ramin .... post-production supervisor: digital intermediate
Stefan Ciupek .... digital intermediate consultant (uncredited)
Thomas Huber .... digital artist (uncredited)
Natalie Maximova .... colorist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Robert Becker .... stunt rigger (uncredited)
Volkhart Buff .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Max Brinkschulte .... second unit assistant camera
Jenny Bräuer .... second unit camera (as Jennifer Bräuer)
Wolfgang Dell .... gaffer
Max Knauer .... first assistant camera
Annika Speidel .... first assistant camera
Benjamin Treplin .... steadicam operator
Matthias Wallinger .... steadicam operator
Konstantin Wolkenstein .... second assistant camera
Jürgen Bauer .... electrician (uncredited)
Bastian Ehrl .... electrician (uncredited)
Raphael Fink .... best boy (uncredited)
Blair Reid .... electrician (uncredited)
Ingolf Schmidt .... electrician (uncredited)
Laura Stelzer .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Markus Thanner .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Vincent von Tiedemann .... video operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Nadine Marcouillié .... assistant costume designer (uncredited)
Nathalie Strobel .... dresser (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Natalie Maximova .... colorist (uncredited)
Jeff Yaworski .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Katja Gawrilow .... production assistant
Jana Götze .... production coordinator
Herbert Schwarze .... story editor
Susan Tröger .... production assistant
Mathias Braun .... location scout (uncredited)
Roland Gerhardt .... location scout (uncredited)
Christopher Huck .... assistant set manager (uncredited)
Norbert Klingner .... legal counsel (uncredited)
Anne Kodura .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Manuela Mildner .... production accountant (uncredited)
Jakob Neuhaeusser .... location manager (uncredited)
Alex Ross .... script translator (uncredited)
Rich Shakocius .... script translator (uncredited)
Dorothea Trebs .... child supervisor (uncredited)
Vincent von Tiedemann .... location scout (uncredited)
Judith Weiler .... set runner (uncredited)
Patrick Zehrer .... location scout (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Charly Hübner .... special thanks
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Also Known As:
"Das letzte Schweigen" - Germany (original title)
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118 min
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The seemingly obvious reference to Fargo (1996), having Jule Böwe play a pregnant cop, is in fact not a reference. When she auditioned for the part it wasn't known she was pregnant. It wasn't until she got the part that she told the director she was three months pregnant, when she in fact was six months pregnant. In the end the director liked the idea and decided to write it into the script.See more »

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15 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
"Foreboding and melodramatic story...", 10 May 2012
Author: Sindre Kaspersen from Norway

German screenwriter and director Baran Bo Odar's feature film debut which he wrote and co-produced, is an adaptation of a novel from 2007 by German writer Jan Costin Wagner. It premiered at the 63rd Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, was shot on location in Erfurt, Nürnberg and Erlangen in Germany and is a German production which was produced by producers Jörg Schulze, Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider and Frank Evers. It tells the story about a rural town in Germany where an eleven-year-old girl was brutally murdered on her way home on her bicycle on a summer day in July 1986. The case was never solved and the residents went on with their lives, but twenty-three years later a young girl by the name of Sinikka Weghamm leaves her parents to meet some of her friends and does not return home. The following day, a police officer named David Jahn who recently returned to his job after having been away due to the loss of his wife, is informed that a local farmer has seen a gym bag and a rock covered in blood on the cornfield where the crime in 1986 took place. Shortly after David, his pregnant partner Jana Gläser and his superior officer Matthias Grimmer have gotten started with the investigation of the case, the whole town learns about the disappearance of Sinikka Weghamm. The disturbing news affects all the residents in the small community and especially the mother of the first victim Elena Lange, Timo Friedrich, a married architect with two children and Krischan Mittich, a former police officer who thinks the two cases are related.

Distinctly and precisely directed by Swiss-born filmmaker Baran Bo Odar, this finely paced and incisive fictional tale draws an invariably intriguing and unsettling portrayal of a complicated investigation of a gruesome crime and an intimate friendship between a caretaker and a former maths student. While notable for its naturalistic and colorful milieu depictions, the ardent cinematography by cinematographer Nikolaus Summerer, production design by German production designer Christian M. Goldbeck and production designer Yesim Zolan and the efficient use of sound, this character-driven and narrative-driven psychological thriller interrelates multiple stories, depicts several studies of character and examines themes such as interpersonal relations, interpersonal communication, friendship and grief.

Set in a German town close to the countryside during the early 21st century, this foreboding and melodramatic story about the correlation between good and evil and beauty and violence, contains a fine score by composers Paz De Deaux, Kris Steininger and Michael Kamm and is impelled and reinforced by its fragmented narrative structure and the engaging and involving acting performances by Danish actor Ulrich Thomsen, German actor Burghart Klaussner, German actress Katrin Sass, German actor Wotan Wilke Möhring and German actor Sebastian Blomberg. A poignantly atmospheric and suspenseful independent film which gained the Frankfurt Book Fair Award for Best International Literary Film Adaptation in 2010.

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