The Silence (1998)
The Silence (1998)

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The Silence

Mohsen Makhmalbaf | Iran | 1998 | Unclassified (15+)


Wed 19 Jun 2024

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Shot in Tajikistan, this humanist, virtually non-narrative portrait of a ten-year-old blind boy (Tahmineh Normatova) who works as a musical instrument tuner to help pay the rent, after his father has deserted the family and travelled to Russia, is an ambitious attempt to evoke the rich sensual life – notably sound, but also touch and smell – of the vision-impaired while still working in a visual medium. This key Makhmalbaf Film House production offered significant production roles to Samira, Hana, Maysam and Marzieh, and was banned by the Iranian authorities.

Format: DCP
Language: Persian with English subtitles
Source: mk2
Runtime: 75 mins

Event duration

75 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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