The Great Silence: Watch the first trailer for San Sebastian Selection

After several acclaimed short films, Katrine Brock’s feature debut, The Great Silence (“Den Store Stilhed”), will premiere at the San Sebastian Film Festival in the New Directors competition.

The film follows Alma, who is about to take her vows as a nun in a Catholic convent, when her estranged brother Erik arrives. His presence brings to light a tragedy from her past, and as the ceremony nears, Alma finds herself reeling from a resurgent trauma.

The cast includes Kristine Kujath Thorp (“Ninjababy”), Elliott Crosset Hove (“Godland”) and Karen-Lise Mynster (“C4”).

The film’s central themes stem from Brocks’ upbringing in a Christian community where Jesus was the ultimate example.

“With ‘The Great Silence’ I seek to explore the existential struggle between the flawed and the flawless, the holy and the sinner, and the basic human instinct to hide our ugliest, darkest sides. Holding on to the light so as not to see our own darkness – searching for a higher truth without being able to face the truth of who we are and the things we have done wrong ‘ says Brocks in her notes for the film’s director.

“The idea of ​​setting the story in a monastery stems from the fact that I witnessed a family friend take her final vows in a monastic order in France. I wondered if she was struggling to give up all of the things that normally form the cornerstones of a modern secular existence: family life, career, personal possessions, sex, and worldly love. How can a modern person experience a spiritual love that surpasses all of this? What drives a person to choose such a strikingly different life? These questions have stayed with me throughout my work on the film,” adds Brocks.

The film was written by Marianne Lentz and Brocks and produced by Pernille Tornøe of Copenhagen-based Monolit Film. It is supported by the Danish Film Institute / New Danish Screen. Scanbox Entertainment will be responsible for Nordic distribution. International distribution is handled by TrustNordisk. The 70th San Sebastian Film Festival will take place from September 16th to 24th.

Watch the trailer here: The Great Silence: Watch the first trailer for San Sebastian Selection

Charles Jones

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