Katrine Brock’s debut The Great Silence to world-premiere at San Sebastián
- The drama follows young Alma, who lives a quiet life in a contemporary Catholic convent and is preparing to take her vows as a nun
Last week, Danish outfit TrustNordisk picked up internationals sales right on Katrine Brock’s drama The Great Silence. The feature is set to premiere in the New Directors section of this year’s San Sebastián Film Festival (16-24 September).
Brock’s debut zooms in on a 29-year-old woman, Alma, who lives a quiet life in a Catholic convent and is preparing to take her perpetual vows as a nun when her brother Erik unexpectedly arrives after many years apart. Erik, a recovering alcoholic, wants his share of the inheritance from their late father. However, his presence quickly unearths a much deeper deceit between them – a terrible accident from their past, which Alma has desperately tried to suppress. With the ceremony impending, Alma is haunted by resurfacing trauma and all that was previously invisible is now written on the walls. The script is penned by Brock with Marianne Lentz.
The leading cast includes Amanda Award-winner Kristine Kujath Thorp (Sick of Myself [+see also:
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Commenting on the selection at the prestigious Spanish gathering, Brock said: “I am beyond excited to have the world premiere of my debut feature take place at San Sebastián and to have The Great Silence compete with other talents in the New Directors section is a great honour. I see the selection as a celebration of the tremendous collaborative effort that went into making the film and premiering at such a prestigious festival is a dream come true.”
TrustNordisk’s Managing director, Susan Wendt, added: “We are thrilled to have The Great Silence world premiere at this year’s San Sebastián, which we believe is the ideal platform for the film to debut. What a celebration this is – from the moment we met the team and saw the film, we knew this would be an amazing journey. We congratulate the incredibly talented team on this remarkable achievement.”
The Great Silence was produced by Pernille Tornøe, of Copenhagen-based firm Monolit Film. Victor Rocha da Cunha and Emily Nicoline Quist served as executive producers. The picture won the Best Nordic Project Award at the 2021 Finnish Film Affair, and the footage was presented at Göteborg’s Nordic Film Market Works in Progress this year. It received backing from the Danish Film Institute’s scheme New Danish Screen. Its Nordic distribution is being handled by Scanbox Entertainment. It is slated for a domestic release on 12 January 2023.
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