DCP / HD - 2013 - The Netherlands / Hungary - 97 min - Color - Drama
Original title: A Csendesek
A film by Ricky Rijneke
The young Eastern European woman Csilla and her little brother Isti are travelling together without a clear destination, looking for a better life. One day Csilla wakes up inside a crashed car, in the middle of nowhere, not knowing where her brother Isti is. He is vanished without a trace. Upset and alone, without saying a word, Csilla leaves aboard a cargo ship heading to Western Europe. She flees her country and her past to a cold and lonely life to keep a promise she made to him. But the world she's left behind won't let her go that easily. At sea Gábor, a self-proclaimed business man who convinced her to work for him on the ship, turns out to be a brute and a drunk. When Gábor assaults her and takes her last souvenir of Isti, Csilla loses grip on her life completely. The journey turns into a surreal trip on the fragile edge of life and death.
Original language: Hungarian
Produced by: Rotterdam Films, Dirk Rijneke, Mildred Van Leeuwaarden
42th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Netherlands) 2013- Tiger Award Competition - World Premiere - Nomination Tiger Award European Film Festival, Lecce (Italy) 2013 - Competition Titanic International Film Festival, Budapest (Hungary) 2013 - Competition - Nomination Breaking the Waves Award 35th Moscow International Film Festival (Russia) 2013 - Official Selection / Main Program T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, Wroclaw (Poland) 2013 - New Horizons Competition 19th Sarajevo Film Festival (Bosnia and Herzegovina) 2013 - Official Selection / Program Operation Kino 4th Avvantura Festival Filmforum, Zadar (Croatia) 2013 - Competition Best European Co-production Fresh Film Fest, International Young Talents Festival, Prague (Czech Republic) 2013 - Official Selection / Fresh Generation International Film Festival, Jagran Mumbai (India) 2013 - Official Selection Kaunas International Film Festival (Lithuania) 2013 - Official Selection / Main Program Montreal PHI Centre, Montreal (Canada) 2013 - Special Screening, October, 2013 International Film Festival La Femme Los Angeles (USA) 2013 - Official Selection / Competition 37th Sao Paulo International Film Festival (Brazil) 2013 - New Directors Competition Dutch Golden Stone Awards 2013 - Netherlands Debut Film Festival - Competition Berlin Independent Film Festival 2014 - Official Selection 13th Pune International Film Festival, Pune (India) - Official Selection 2014 Skopje International Film Festival 2014 (Macedonia) - Official Selection Los Angeles Women's Indie Film Festival (USA) - Official Selection Rio de Janeiro Festival Internacional de Cinema Feminino, (Brazil) - Official Selection 2014 Toronto Independent Film Festival (Canada) - Official Selection 2014 New York Independent Film Festival (USA) - Official Selection 2014 Les Rencontres des Cinémas d'Europe 2014 (Ardèche-France) - Official Selection 2014 Films de Femmes Créteil, France 2015
Winner Best Cinematography Award, European Film Festival, Lecce (Italy) 2013 Winner Best Supporting Actor Award, European Film Festival, Lecce (Italy) 2013 Winner Dutch Golden Stone Best Film, Netherlands Debut Film Festival 2013 Winner Best Film Berlin IFF 2014, Berlin Independent Film Festival (Germany) 2014 Winner Best Cinematography, Los Angeles Women's Ind' Film Festival (USA) 2014 Winner Honorable Mention Narrative Feature, Los Angeles Women's Ind' Film Festival (USA) 2014 Ricky Rijneke won the Best Female Director award at the Toronto Independent Film Festival
Ricky Rijneke graduated as Master of Arts in European Media with honors. She is a film director who also works as scriptwriter, editor, photographer, graphic designer and producer. Her first feature film Silent Ones (A Csendesek) is nominated for 'the Tiger Award' of the Rotterdam Film Festival 2013. The project Silent Ones was presented at the Cinemart, the co-production market of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the Paris Project Screenings at the Paris Cinema International Film Festival. French sales agent WIDE Management has just picked up international sales. In Autumn 2013, Dutch art-house distributor Contact Film will release the film in the Benelux. Her first short work of fiction WING, the fish that talked back was nominated for the ‘Leopards of Tomorrow’ competition for young talent and premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival. This award winning film gained international acclaim at more then fifty international film festivals, such as Ghent (competition Prix UIP), San Francisco (Golden Gate Award competition) Hamburg, Denver, Bilbao, Toronto, Rotterdam and it was screened in the Short Film Corner Cannes. WING, the fish that talked back is distributed in the Netherlands by EYE. Elypse Short Film Distribution (Spain) represents the world sales.