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waking up in silence

waking up in silence

Mila Zhluktenko, Daniel Asadi Faezi
Germany, Ukraine
2023
18 min
Dutch Premiere
Best of Fests
Synopsis

In a peaceful and functional reception center for Ukrainian refugees—a former Wehrmacht military barracks—the children are left to their own devices. Three friends teach each other German words, a boy mends a bicycle tire, a teenage girl and her toddler brother talk on a smartphone with their dad back in Kyiv, a girl chalks on the curb, “Putin, stop killing people.”

The camera explores the grounds and examines the buildings—the somber gray façade, the walls inside. Sometimes its gaze, as innocent as that of a child, dwells on a detail—the statue of an eagle on the wall, a painted war scene in a classroom, a sticker of an American army unit on a window. Witnesses from another era.

Meanwhile, the children play, or sit on the grass eating out of a bag of strawberries, which taste sweeter back home. In the evening it is quiet.

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Credits
18 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Ukrainian, Russian
Director
    Mila Zhluktenko,
    Daniel Asadi Faezi
    Mila Zhluktenko,
    Daniel Asadi Faezi
Production
    Daniel Asadi Faezi for Asadi Faezi Production,
    Mila Zhluktenko
    Daniel Asadi Faezi for Asadi Faezi Production,
    Mila Zhluktenko
Co-production
    Andrii Kotliar for Babylon'13
    Andrii Kotliar for Babylon'13
Cinematography
    Tobias Blickle
    Tobias Blickle
Editing
    Mila Zhluktenko,
    Daniel Asadi Faezi
    Mila Zhluktenko,
    Daniel Asadi Faezi
Sound
    Kristina Kilian
    Kristina Kilian
Sound Design
    Daniel Asadi Faezi,
    Andrew Mottl
    Daniel Asadi Faezi,
    Andrew Mottl
Music
    Anton Baibakov,
    Dewey Martino
    Anton Baibakov,
    Dewey Martino
World Sales
    Square Eyes
    Square Eyes
Screening copy
    Square Eyes
    Square Eyes

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