Silence: Voices of Lisbon

Silêncio – Vozes de Lisboa

Directed by: Celine Carlisle, Judit Kalmar

Silence: Voices of Lisbon is an engaging, emotionally charged documentary about memory and music set against the backdrop of the ancient but rapidly changing city of Lisbon. Following the footsteps of Céline, who has lived in Portugal for twenty years, we are introduced to Ivone Días and Marta Miranda, two women artists from different generations who fight for the survival of their art and community. Their common language is fado, a traditional style of music that often explores, with beauty and melancholy, the daily struggle of living. With the lyrics of fado songs taking us through their story as well as Lisbon’s, the film portrays the relationship between these extraordinary singers and the ever-changing world around them. A poetic journey through one of the world’s most majestic, haunting, and musically vibrant cities.

87 min
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[Horák] matches each of the film’s periods to a different style: the 1960s to the Czech New Wave, the 1970s to normalization films, and the 1980s to documentary-like grainy footage. The stylisation enables a fine adjustment of dramatic effects”

(Martin Kudláč, Cineuropa).


  • Bulgarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards 2018
  • Golden Rose Festival of Bulgarian film: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Critics Gild Award and Audience Award
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