Win a Wallander TV series DVD prize package from the makers of The Silence

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Filmmaker Baran bo Odar’s thriller The Silence opens in theaters today and FilmFetish has a great contest promotion from Music Box Films for readers. To celebrate the theatrical release of The Silence, one FilmFetish grand prize winner will receive a DVD package that includes DVD copies of the the TV series Wallander and DVD copies of all of Neils Arden Oplev’s Girl With The Dragon Tattoo films. For 3 runner-ups I have copies of the books The Silence by Jan Costin Wagner that the film is based on.

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I’ll only be running this contest through Friday, March 29, 2013, so hurry and submit your Tweets!

More about The Silence

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and hisyounger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting summer heat lies over thequaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

In his strikingly commanding debut feature The Silence, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s bestselling novel with his own unmistakable signature. Mesmerizing performances by top European actors – headed by Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration, Brothers), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader MeinhofComplex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon, The Edukators) – enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.

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The Silence (2010) Details

Alternate Titles

  • Das letzte Schweigen (original title)

Release Dates: August 19,  2010 (Germany),  March 8,  2013 (USA),  

Synopsis

The Silence begins 23 years ago on a hot summer day, when a young girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat. Now, on the exact same date in the present, 13-year-old Sinikka is missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot. As Krischan, the retired investigator of the unresolved case, and hisyounger colleague David struggle to solve the mystery of these parallel crimes, Sinikka’s distraught parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty. Meanwhile, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of Pia’s mother, who is visited by an unexpected guest with an eerie connection to her daughter. The unrelenting summer heat lies over thequaint family homes like a bell jar and behind closed doors, worlds begin to fall apart.

In his strikingly commanding debut feature The Silence, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar adapts Jan Costin Wagner’s bestselling novel with his own unmistakable signature. Mesmerizing performances by top European actors - headed by Ulrich Thomsen (The Celebration, Brothers), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader MeinhofComplex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon, The Edukators) - enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.

Run Time: 111  minutes

Countries: Germany,  

Genres: Drama,  Thriller,  Crime,  

Studios: Music Box Films,  NFP Marketing and Distribution,  Soda Pictures,  

Production Companies: Cine Plus,  Lüthje and Schneider Filmproduktion,  Das Kleine Fernsehspiel (ZDF),  ARTE,  

Producers: Baran bo Odar (Co-Producer),  Christian Cloos,  Frank Evers (Producer),  Jantje Friese (Producer),  Jana Götze,  Doris Hepp,  Andreas Hörl (Line Producer),  Maren Lüthje (Producer),  Florian Schneider (Producer),  Jörg Schulze (Producer),  

Directors: Baran bo Odar,  

Cinematography: Nikolaus Summerer,  

Writers: Baran bo Odar (Screenplay),  Jan Costin Wagner (Original Book),  

Cast: Amon Robert Wendel as Malte,  Burghart Klaußner as Krischan Mittich,  Claudia Michelsen as Julia Friedrich,  Jule Böwe as Jana Gläser,  Karoline Eichhorn as Ruth Weghamm,  Katrin Sass as Elena Lange,  Oliver Stokowski as Matthias Grimmer,  Roeland Wiesnekker as Karl Weghamm,  Sebastian Blomberg as David Jahn,  Ulrich Thomsen as Peer Sommer,  Wotan Wilke Möhring as Timo Friedrich,  

Editing: Robert Rzesacz,  

Production Design: Christian M. Goldbeck,  Yesim Zolan,  

Trivia

  • Director Baran bo Odar has said that the 2003 South Korean movie Salinui chueok was a big inspiration for The Silence.

  • The Silence has no opening credits.

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Makeup: Elke Lebender (Key Makeup Artist),  Jeannette Latzelsberger (Makeup Artist),  

Production Management: Jantje Friese (Production Manager),  Olaf Kirbach (Unit Manager),  Uli Kunz (Post-Production Supervisor),  Niels Rinke (Post-Production Supervisor),  Przemek Abraham,  Johannes Schuchardt ,  

Casting: Anja Dihrberg (Casting Director),  

Costume and Wardrobe: Katharina Ost (Costume Designer),  

Music: Michael Kamm (Original Music),  Kris Steininger (Original Music),  

Sound: Philipp Bitter (Sound Designer),  Johannes Doberenz (Sound Mixer),  Tom Korr (Sound Re-Recording Mixer),  Lutz Lassek (Boom Operator),  Stefan Schiminski (Boom Operator),  Christoph Ulbich (Sound Designer),  Jörg Klinkenberg (Foley Artist),  Marcus Sujata (Foley Mixer),  

Visual Effects and Animation: Thomas Huber (Digital Artist),  Stefan Ciupek,  Thomas Ramin,  Ray Bartsch,  

Stunts: Robert Becker (Stunt Rigger),  Volkhard Buff (Stunt Coordinator),  

Camera and Electrical: Max Brinkschulte (Camera Second Assistant),  Jenny Bräuer (Camera Second Assistant),  Wolfgang Dell (Gaffer),  Max Knauer (Camera First Assistant),  Annika Speidel (Camera First Assistant),  Benjamin Treplin (Steadicam Operator),  Matthias Wallinger (Steadicam Operator),  Konstantin Wolkenstein (Camera Second Assistant),  Jürgen Bauer (Electrician),  Laura Stelzer (Camera Second Assistant),  Markus Thanner (Dolly Grip),  

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