Produced by Pedro Almodóvar and Agustin Almodóvar, The Silence of Others delves into the atrocities of Franco era and the conscious efforts to forget them.
Spain is a bright country with a dark past. The Silence of Others deals with the country’s past that still casts a shadow on the present day.
In 1977, a newly elected democratic government decreed an amnesty law now known as pacto de olvido, i.e. the pact of oblivion. The law made amnesty possible not only for (left-wing) political prisoners but also for war criminals from the period of Franco dictatorship. The law still stands.
Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar have chosen a touching group of today’s Spaniards as characters for their film. None of them have accepted to forget. There are women whose babies were stolen right after birth, activists who still go to court in Argentina to convict Spanish war criminals, and tough, over 80-year-old ladies who strive to claim the earthly remains of their murdered parents from the mass graves.
The film is a shocking reminder of the fact that the former torturers still walk free. One of them, ”Billy El Niño” or ”Billy the Kid” was only recently decorated by the police. Most of all, the film points out how the pact of oblivion still prevents justice from being served.
Sari Selander (Translation: Marko Pyhähuhta)
- Name in Original Language: El silencio de otros
- Director: Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
- Country: Spain, USA
- Year: 2018
- Length: 96 min
- Age limit: K16
- Format: DCP
- Cinematography: Almudena Carracedo
- Editing: Kim Roberts, Ricardo Acosta
- Music: Leonardo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
- Production: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García, Justine Nagan, Chris White, Sally Jo Fifer, Sandie Vizquez Pedlow
- Kinopalatsi 7: Mon 28.1. at 17.00
- Maxim 2: Wed 30.1. at 17.00
- Kinopalatsi 7: Sat 2.2. at 17.15
- Kinopalatsi 7: Sun 3.2. 15:45