Lorna’s Silence


Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, 2008, 105'

Former Yugoslav refugee Lorna marries Claudy, a junkie, to obtain Belgian citizenship. Behind this marriage – arranged by taxi drive Fabio, actually a smuggler – there is much more: the money for Claudy is the assurance that he will OD, while the girl will be the ideal pawn to assign the citizenship to a wealthy and shady Russian businessman. Not everything, though, will go according to Fabio’s plans.

A dark fairy tale that, alongside The Child, describes a world in which human beings are victims of financial exchange. One can escape this state of things only by falling asleep, sinking into a forest that becomes a new maternal womb. Lorna’s Silence is almost a theoretical film on the filmmakers’ belief with respect to the real: despite the perfection of the taxi driver’s plan, something ineffable happens, and tenderness toward the other, even if it does not have the power to radically change a cruel fate, cracks the intentions of those who are involved in it. Elusive and unspeakable, the cinema of the Dardennes overturns all preconceived ideas to open up spaces of freedom in which a fruitful encounter is still possible.

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  • Date: 07 Nov 2022
  • Time: 12:30


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Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne


Jean-Pierre e Luc Dardenne

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne are Belgian directors, screenwriters and producers. After studying drama, Jean-Pierre, and philosophy, Luc, the Dardenne brothers shot their first militant works, filming social struggles in Belgian working-class neighbourhoods. In the late 1970s, they founded film production companies and made their first documentary films, including Lorsque le bateau de Léon M. descendit la Meuse pour la première fois (1979), Pour que la guerre s'achève, les murs devaient s'écrouter (1980), R... ne répond plus (1981), Leçons d'une université volante (1982) and Regard Jonathan/Jean Louvet, 231 (1983). In 1996 their third fiction film, La Promesse, was presented at the Directors' Fortnight in Cannes, but it was not until 1999 that they gained international recognition with their first Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival with the film Rosetta. In 2005 they won their second Palme d'Or with L'Enfant - A Love Story and in 2008 The Silence of Lorna, dedicated to the theme of illegal immigration and white marriage, brought them the Best Screenplay Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Among their most recent works, The Kid with a Bike won the Special Jury Grand Prix at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and Tori and Lokita, Special Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2022.

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