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′

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, Swissfilms, NRW Filmstiftung, Deutscher Filmförderfonds FFA, ZDF/arte


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


Festivals (selection)
Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2022 – Int. Premiere
Max Ophüls Preis 2022 – Nomination Max Ophüls Preis – German Premiere
Solothurner Filmtage 2022 – Nomination Prix Soleure – Swiss Premiere
Locarno Film Festival 2022 – Panorama Suisse
Warsaw, 19th Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival
Presented at Alliance for Development at Locarno Film Festival 2018


Winner of the Sternstunde Kunst Ideenwettbewerb 2017



«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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