L’ART DU SILENCE by Maurizius Staerkle Drux

With his gestures and facial expressions alone, the mime Marcel Marceau captured audiences around the globe for decades. But the tragic background behind his work has remained hidden for a long time. THE ART OF SILENCE sheds new light on his life and unique art form, which his family and companions keep alive to this day.

Feature Documentary, 2022, 81′ / 52′

Writer & Director: Maurizius Staerkle Drux
Producer: Aline Schmid, Beauvoir Films, Gèneve (CH), Co-Producer: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lichtblick Film, Cologne (DE), Production development: Ensemble Film GmbH (CH)

DOP: Raphael Beinder
Editor: Tania Stöcklin
Sounds by: Maurizius Staerkle Drux, Mélia Rogers, Dénis Sechaud
Featuring Music by: Julian Sartorius, Nils Frahm

Supported by: Federal Office of Culture (OFC), Cinéforom & Loterie RomandeKulturfonds SuissimageAargauer Kuratorium, Zürcher Filmstiftung, SRF, SRG SSR, RTS, Media Desk Switzerland, Swiss Films, NRW Filmstiftung, Deutscher Filmförderfonds FFA, ZDF/arte


Word Sales: Magnetfilm Berlin
Distribution Switzerland: Cineworx Basel
Distribution Germany: W-Film Köln


Festivals (selection)
2023 Slamdance Film Festival, Park City, USA | 2022 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (CH) *International Premiere | Max Ophüls Preis *Nomination Max Ophüls Preis *German Premiere | 57. Solothurner Filmtage *Nomination Prix Soleure *Swiss Premiere | Locarno Film Festival *Panorama Suisse | 19th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival Warsaw | 2018 Presented at Alliance for Development at Locarno Film Festival


2023 Pordenone Docs Fest – Le voci del documentario, AUDIENCE AWARD
2023 Master of Art Filmfestival Bulgaria, BEST DOCUMENTARY IN THEATER AND CINEMA
2017 Winner Sternstunde Kunst Ideenwettbewerb, BEST PITCH



«L’art du silence emphasises the universality of this art, which transcends cultures and breaks down linguistic barriers.»

«Geschichten erzählen mit Dingen, die keiner sieht.»

«Über Identitätssuche, Tonkunst und Maurizius’ persönliche Beziehung zur Stille.»
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