2009, Slovenia, European Union. For 30 years, Alija, the miner, has been one of the many Bosnian immigrant workers. Due to the crisis, miners are losing jobs. Alija is sent to check an ... See full summary »
Hanna Antonina Wojcik Slak
Zala Djuric Ribic
The film is set in the present day, but the backdrop to the film is the brutal Balkans War of the 1990's.The main character Martin (Ivan Herceg) is a Croatian War veteran who falls in love with Desa (Nada Sargin), a Serb.
Predrag 'Predjo' Vusovic
A young widow, an aging widower-returnee, and a priest from a bankrupt parish are struggling to come to terms with the post-war environment, complete with its prejudices, illusions, and ... See full summary »
During the Bosnian War, Danijel, a soldier fighting for the Serbs, re-encounters Ajla, a Bosnian who's now a captive in his camp he oversees. Their once promising connection has become ambiguous as their motives have changed.
A peasant comes to St. Petersburg to find work. He unwittingly helps in the arrest of an old village friend who is now a labor leader. The unemployed peasant is also arrested and sent to ... See full summary »
The impact of a selfless deed of benevolence and heroism right in the middle of the raging Bosnian war inextricably intertwines the lives of five people who are still affected by its consequences, over a decade later.
The history of 100 year old Finlands told through philosopher Bruno which moved to Lapland to cure his writer's block. When invited to the great royal ball, he'll have to take a 1200 km road trip through Finland with taxi.
A man stays alone with his children in a half demolished house in the middle of a desolate field. His wife has just been killed by a grenade in a military battle. He is expecting a new attack. Instead a wandering caravan called Circus Fantasticus stops by the house. They bring along the dying director of the circus. Is it possible for anything beautiful to happen in a landscape of war and death? Can life go on? Is it possible to realize that death does not exist?Written by
I saw this movie at the 2011 Santa Rosa International Film Festival. It affected me as few films ever have. I felt that I had just witnessed a labor of love as rarely comes to a screen. The story of a family under attack who witness and become part of a fantastical event grabbed me from the first moment and riveted my attention. But this is not just a movie; it is a work of art. As such, every detail is beautifully constructed; every frame is a memorable photograph.
In addition, Silent Sonata is actually silent, even more silent than The Artist, which won the 2011 Golden Globe for best foreign picture. It is a shame in fact that Silent Sonata did not get the opportunity to be seen by the wide audience that The Artist did. Of the two, I feel that Silent Sonata is far superior, a movie that could be seen again and again, with ever more details to discover and appreciate at each viewing.
I have been trying to find a copy to purchase for my private collection. If I am able to find one, I'll return here to post the source. This is a film not to be missed by dedicated film buffs.
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