Silence

    • Julia Pontiller
    • Germany, Austria
    • 2001
    • 7 min
    • Europe Workshop
    A journey to silence and back. An anonymous traveller goes from the city to a convent and back. In the beginning of the film, an aeroplane lands and then a cyclist plunges into the urban bustle. The images alternate with scenes from the convent, where in the rhythm of eternity the monks and nuns weed the garden, make music and shuffle through the hallways. The cyclist approaches the silence, rides through a pasture. In the abbey, a service is held. From this focus of concentration on quietude and the inner self, the images become abstract. The film ends back in the city, but the image has faded, become softer. The spectator sees the same bustle through a filter that creates abstraction and distance, thereby introducing the calmness of the convent into the commotion of the city.

    Credits

    • 7 min
    • black and white
    • 35mm
    Director
    Julia Pontiller
    Production
    Julia Pontiller, Peter Janececk
    Cinematography
    Nadja Kurtz, Gunther Geltinger
    Editing
    Julia Pontiller
    Sound
    Katharina Somavilla

    IDFA history

    2001
    Screened
    Europe Workshop

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