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22nd Annual Chicago European Union Film Festival

My Sister's Silence

Malchanieto na sestra mi

2018, Kiran Kolarov, Bulgaria, 99 min.
Katrin Stareishinska, Ovanes Torosyan

Show Times

  • Sat, Mar 9th 7:45pm
  • Mon, Mar 11th 6:00pm

This contemporary fable of star-crossed love borrows elements of folk tales and relies on magic realism rather than romance to cast its spell. Young boy Theo watches over his older sister, a mute ethereal gamine, as she falls in love with a scruffy itinerant youth who, to his own detriment, cynically sells her to a gypsy king. Love is flighty and fickle in this tale, symbolized by the scores of moth specimens framed on the walls of the family’s home, each one representing a woman that their legendary missing father bedded and abandoned, just as he has abandoned his wife and children. The daughter resists her bartered fate, the mother fights, and the brother becomes a weaver of stories. Director Kolarov grounds the airiness of fantasy in the reality of landscape for a suggestive and open-ended story. In Bulgarian with English subtitles. ProRes digital widescreen. Courtesy of Gala Film Ltd. (BS)

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