THE ART OF SILENCE

The first feature documentary about the world-famous mime artist Marcel Marceau. With gestures and facial expressions alone he touched and inspired people around the globe. But the tragic background of his mime acts has long remained hidden. As a teenager, Marceau had to witness his Jewish father being deported and killed by the Nazis. He himself joined the Resistance and secretly smuggled Jewish children across the border. Marceau used silence to survive. From this he created a unique art form that his family and companions continue today.

Category Documentary
Original title L'art du Silence
Director Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Production Beauvoir Films, Lichtblick Film- und Fernsehproduktion
Country Switzerland, Germany
Format HD, DCP
Runtime 52/81 min
Year 2022
Broadcaster ZDF/ARTE, SRF, RTS
Language French, English, German
Subtitles English, German
Genre Arts & Culture, Biography, History & Archive Footage, Human Interest

Festivals

  • Solothurner Filmtage, Switzerland (2022)
  • Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, Documentary Competition, Germany (2022)
  • Hot Docs, Artscapes, Canada (2022)
  • Millennium Docs Against Gravity, competition section for the best film on art, Poland (2022)
  • Locarno Film Festival, Panorama Suisse, Switzerland (2022)
  • EIDF (EBS International Documentary Film Festival), South Korea (2022)
  • GBG Mime Fest, Sweden (2022)
  • Jewish International Film Festival, Australia (2022)
  • DA2 - Zagreb Design Art & Architecture FF, Croatia (2022)
  • 34th Annual Boston Jewish FF, USA (2022)
  • Porto/Post/Doc, Portugal (2022)

Quotes & Other

  • 100th anniversary in 2023: Marcel Marceau was born on March 22, 1923
  • "An uplifting and resonating work, The Art of Silence is a fitting celebration of an artist who could bring joy and meaning to the lives of many around the globe without saying a word." Courtney Small, POV Magazine

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