Directed by Bille August (Denmark, 2014). Three generations of a Danish family gather over a weekend. The two sisters, Sanne (Danica Curcic) and Heidi (Paprika Steen), have accepted their terminally ill mother’s desire to die before her disease worsens.

However, as the weekend progresses, their mother’s decision becomes harder and harder to deal with, and old conflicts resurface.

Special thanks to the Danish Film Institute.

Praise for Silent Heart:

“Masterfully crafted family drama which tackles its tricky theme with a surfeit of restrained good taste”—The Hollywood Reporter

“If you are looking to see what the Danes do best, this is the film for that. Danish drama perfection.”—Cinema Scandinavia

About the director

Danish Director Bille August is a graduate of the National Film School of Denmark. His international breakthrough came with Pelle the Conqueror/Pelle erobreren in 1987, which received a Palme d’Or in Cannes and an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. He received his second Palme d’Or in 1992 for The Best Intentions/Den goda viljan. Since the early 1990s, August has alternated international co-productions with local films.

Among his most celebrated works are The House of the Spirits (1993), Jerusalem (1996), and Silent Heart, winner of four Danish film critics ‘Bodil’ awards in 2015 including Best Film. August’s next film is the English language film 55 Steps starring Helena Bonham Carter and Vera Farmiga.



Image by Rolf Konow, courtesy of the Danish Film Institute

FRI—5-13-2016—6:30 PM
$10 ($7 ASF Members)
98 min. | In Danish with English subtitles