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40 DAYS OF SILENCE

by Saodat Ismailova

synopsis

Bibicha is a young woman who suddenly refuses to speak, and conceals herself from villagers in the house of her grandmother Khanjarmomo. Khanjarmomo lives with her illegally born granddaughter Sharifa; they both support Bibicha in her vow of 40 days of silence, which she carries out in hopes of being rejoined by her recently disappeared lover. Yet Khanjarmomo doubts the girl’s motives: is the vow really for the sake of her beloved, or is she trying to hide an illicit pregnancy?

international title: 40 Days of Silence
original title: Chilla
country: Uzbekistan, Netherlands, Germany, France
sales agent: Pascale Ramonda Paris
year: 2014
genre: fiction
directed by: Saodat Ismailova
film run: 88'
screenplay: Saodat Ismailova, Ulughbek Sadikov
cast: Rushana Sadikova, Saodat Rahminova, Barohad Shukurova, Farida Olimova
cinematography by: Benito Strangio
film editing: Nathalie Alonso Casale, Benjamin Mirguet
art director: Azamat Turajev
music: Jacob Kirkegaard
producer: Denis Vaslin
co-producer: Jean des Forêts, Benny Drechsel, Marie Dubas, Fleur Knopperts, Karsten Stöter
production: Rohfilm GmbH, Volya Films, Petit Film
backing: World Cinema Fund, Fonds Sud Cinema, Hubert Bals Fund
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