The Great Silence

Directed by Katrine Brocks
Denmark2022
Tuesday, 8 November 22 - 8:00pm
@ Strand Arts Centre
Too Late!

Convent dramas on film tend to be associated with long shadows, looming gothic arches and ancient-feeling austerity, so the most immediately striking aspect of Danish director Katrine Brocks’ riveting debut feature is how brightly contemporary it all feels: these nuns live in a sleek modernist abbey, welcome the outside world, and even sing karaoke in their time off.

But there’s darkness here too, emerging when young novitiate Alma (Kristine Kujath Thorp) accepts a visit from her estranged atheist brother Erik (the brilliant Elliott Crosset Hove, also to be seen at the festival in Godland), and unspeakable secrets emerge outside the controlled confines of the confession booth. Expertly modulating atmosphere and tone as the film shifts from intimate sibling study to intense individual psychodrama with hints of horror, Brocks announces herself as a name to be reckoned with.

Showings

Tuesday, 8 November 2022 - 8:00pm @ Strand Arts Centre