Music Box Films release Baran Bo Odar's gripping thriller The Silence this coming Friday and they're not being silent about it at all. Nope, they're offering up prize packs to you, the ScreenAnarchy loyal, including passes to see the film on the big screen and a DVD package that includes the Wallander TV series and all three original Dragon Tattoo films for the grand prize winner along with copies of the novel the film is based upon for three runners up.
The Silence begins on a hot summer day, when a girl named Pia is brutally murdered in a field of wheat by Peer (Ulrich Thomsen), as his helpless friend Timo (Wotan Wilke Moehring)
watches. Exactly 23 years later, another 13-year-old, Sinikka, is
missing, her bicycle abandoned in the same spot, leading police to
suspect the same killer may be at work again. Recently widowed
detective David and his colleague Janna struggle to solve the mystery of
these parallel crimes with the help of Krischan, the retired
investigator of the unresolved case. While Sinikka's distraught parents
are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, their
daughter's fate rips open unhealed wounds in the heart of Pia's mother
and sends Timo in search of Peer and their own old desires. In
his strikingly commanding debut feature, Swiss-born Baran bo Odar
adapts Jan Costin Wagner's novel with his own unmistakable signature.
Gripping performances by top European actors - headed by Ulrich Thomsen (In a Better World, The Celebration), Sebastian Blomberg (The Baader Meinhof Complex), Katrin Sass (Good Bye, Lenin!) and Burghart Klaussner (The White Ribbon) - enrich this intense drama far beyond the crime genre.