Archive of films Wedding of Silence / Svaďba tišiny

2003, 29 min

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Year: 2004

Mothers don’t hear the voices of their children, nor men the sounds of the factory where they work. But their eternal silence does not prevent them from making merry, experiencing the power of the liturgy, or starting families. After a wild wedding, the groom and his co-workers admire their work – a huge bell for Petersburg. With excitement they observe the swinging of its clapper.


A film about people who live in a world of silence. A mother doesn’t hear the voices of her children, nor men the din of the foundry where they work. But still they lead full lives. They enjoy family gatherings immensely and love to dance. At church the priest imparts his message by means of sign language, their eyes perceiving the beauty of the liturgy. Even the wedding of a couple from the deaf community proceeds like any other – champagne sparkles in silence, hands create magical toasts. The next day the new husband and his co-workers are back at the foundry casting an enormous bell in honour of Petersburg’s 300th anniversary – they admire their work but won’t hear its sonorous sound as it tolls for the celebration.

About the director

Pavel Medvedev (b. 1963, Orenburg), graduated from the Leningrad State Institute of Culture (1990) and then from the two-year Higher Courses in Television Production. He has worked as a producer for Petersburg radio and television stations. In 2001 he produced the documentary series “Petersburg Short Stories.” His debut, the documentary Vacations in November (Otpusk v noyabre, 2002), focuses on miners who spend their holidays earning money (or at least meat) up north slaughtering reindeer; the film took several awards at home and abroad. Also successful was the documentary The Very Best Day (Samy luchshy den’, 2002) about a Russian organ builder who lives in the country, where he dazzles his neighbours with his music. 


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About the film

Black & white, 35 mm
World premiere

Section: Documentary Films - Competition
Director: Pavel Medvedev
Screenplay: Pavel Medveděv / Pavel Medvedev
Dir. of Photography: Alexander Gussev
Editor: Valentina Torgajevová / Valentina Torgaeva
Producer: Vjačeslav Tělnov / Viacheslav Telnov
Production: St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio
Contact: St. Petersburg Documentary Film Studio


Anastasia Printseva

Pavel Medvedev

Vyacheslav Telnov



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