The Silent is a short film, that lies heavily on atmosphere and subtle storytelling. It moves along the lines with classics such as Don't Look Now (1973), The Others (2001) and Babadook (2014).
The story is presented without dialogue and it tells of a little girl's journey from a world of nightmares to the nightmare of reality using dream logic and aiming to touch the viewer on an subconscious level.
The Silent is something that came out from my subconscious and nightmares. Under the nightmarish surface there is a cohesive story which tells of a tragedy in a family, loss, mental breakdown and the childhood fears, but it is presented in somewhat experimental style.
I didn’t want to make The Silent a full-on horror movie but instead to have this melancholic fairy tale like undertone because the main goal was not to shock but to tell a story from a little girl’s perspective (amazing 5-year-old lead actress Frida Rossi).
The main goal was not to make a mystery which needs to be solved but take the viewer to this world which is being like inside the sleep paralysis or night terror episode and experience it through the subconscious and maybe share an understanding.
-Director Toni Kristian Tikkanen
The Signs Award (Signes de Nuit, Saarbrücken, Germany), Best Cinematography & Visual Style (cortoLovere, Lovere, Italy)
Toni Kristian Tikkanen
Kari Salonen, Toni Kristian Tikkanen & Ville Asikainen
Frida Rossi, Lauren Lehtinen, Toni Harjajärvi & Risto Erjanko