Archive of films Silent / Sessiz / Bé deng

2012, 15 min

Section: Focus on Kurdish Film
Year: 2013

A young woman goes to visit her incarcerated husband. In prison, however, only Turkish is allowed, but since she only speaks Kurdish she can’t say a single word to her husband. And despite the fact that it is strictly forbidden to bring the inmates anything from the outside, she finds a way of smuggling him in some new shoes. Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 65th Cannes IFF.


The year is 1984, the beginning of the war between the Turkish army and Kurdish partisans. A young woman named Zeynep, who lives with her three children in Diyarbakır, is going to visit her husband in prison. But only Turkish is allowed to be spoken in prison and Zeynep only speaks Kurdish – she will not be able to say a single word to her husband. Nevertheless, she finds a way of smuggling him in some new shoes despite the strict prohibition against bringing prisoners anything from the outside. This intimate movie took the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film at the 65th Cannes IFF and was nominated for a European Film Award.

About the director

Rezan Yeşilbaş (b. 1977, Diyarbakır, Turkey) graduated from the film and television department of Istanbul’s Marmara University in 2008. He has worked with Turkish director Zeki Demirkubuz, serving as his executive producer on Envy (Kıskanmak, 2008) and as first assistant director on Inside (Yeraltı, 2012). He completed The Judgment (Hüküm), the first part of his "Trilogy of Women,” in 2008. Silent is the second segment of the trilogy.


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Focus on Kurdish Film
Director: Rezan Yeşilbaş
Screenplay: Rezan Yeşilbaş
Dir. of Photography: Türksoy Gölebeyi
Editor: Rezan Yeşilbaş, Buğra Dedeoğlu
Producer: Rezan Yeşilbaş
Cast: Belçim Bilgin, Cem Bender
Contact: Rezan Yeşilbaş

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