Fiction

A MINUTE OF SILENCE

1998
a film by Florent Emilio Siri

a co-production by LICHTBLICK FILM
with Film Oblige, K2, Idéa, Champ contre Champ

35mm / 85 Minutes / Dolby SR / Color

SYNOPSIS
A social drama set in Lorraine as the coal mines are closing down, A Minute of Silence is the story of Marek (Benoît Magimel, Intimate Enemies (COL•COA 2008), Skyfighters (COL•COA 2006), A Girl Cut in Two) and Mimmo (Comédie Française actor Bruno Putzulu, Holy Lola (COL•COA 2005), In Praise of Love), who have worked together in the mine since age 16. When the miners’ union declares a strike, Marek wants to do his part and fight while Mimmo feels differently and dreams of a better future somewhere else. As the conflict intensifies, their friendship is put to the test.

CAST
Benoît Magimel  
Bruno Putzulu  
Rüdiger Vogler  
Jean-Yves Chatelais, 
Alexander May   
Andrea Schieffer

TEAM
writer and director: Florent Emilio Siri
producer: Marc de Bayser, Frank Le Wita
co-producer: Joachim Ortmanns, Carl-Ludwig Rettinger
Dominique Janne
commissioning editor: WDR – Michael André
production manager: Christian Fürst
DoP: Giovanni Fiore Coltellacci
sound by: Daniel Ollivier
editor: Joëlle Dufour
art designer: Thomas Peckre
costume designer: Sophie Dwernicki
casting by: Pierre Senelas
music by: Alexandre Desplat

FESTIVALS / AWARDS
Toronto International Film Festival
San Sebastian International Film Festival
Internationale Hofer Filmtage
Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis
Prix Emile Cantillon du Jury des Jeunes pour la Meilleure premiere œuvre, Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur
Prix Cyril Collard