The Silence


Il silenzio

Directed by Farnoosh Samadi & Ali Asgari
Italy | 15 minutes | 2016 | Italian, English, Kurdish

Fatma and her mother are kurdish refugees in Italy. On their visit to the doctor, Fatma has to translate what the doctor tells to her mother, but she keeps silent.


Director: Farnoosh Samadi & Ali Asgari
Screewriter: Farnoosh Samadi & Ali Asgari
Cinematography: Alberto Marchiori
Editing: Mauro Rossi
Producer: Giovanni Pompili, Olivier Chantriaux

  • Farnoosh Samadi
    Farnoosh Samadi
  • Ali Asgari
    Ali Asgari

Festivals & Awards

20 MinMax International Short Film Festival – Best Short Film
Adana Film Festival – Best Short Fiction Film
Aix-en-Provence International Short Film Festival
Anonimul International Independent Film Festival – Ovidiu Bose Pastina Special Award
Atlanta Film Festival – Honorable Mention
Berlin Interfilm Festival – Best Film
Brussels Short Film Festival
Cannes Film Festival
Expresion en Corto International Film Festival – SIGNIS Award – Special Mention
Fajr Film Festival
Flickerfest International Short Film Festival – Best European Film
Grenoble Short Film Festival – Best Film
Guam International Film Festival – Grand Jury Award
Hamptons International Film Festival – Golden Starfish Award
HollyShorts Film Festival
International Izmir Short Film Festival – Golden Cat Award
Ischia Film Festival – Special Mention
Isfahan International Festival of Films for Children & Young Adults
Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists – Special Prize
Kustendorf International Film and Music Festival – Special Jury Award
Leeds International Film Festival – Prix Louis Le Prince
Leiden International Short Film Experience – Jury Award
Les Arcs European Film Festival
London Film Festival
Melbourne International Film Festival
Mons International Festival of Love Films – Jury Award
Nashville Film Festival
Ortigia Film Festival – Jury Award Best Short Film, Laser Film Award, Rai Cinema Award
Reykjavik International Film Festival
Sarasota Film Festival – Jury Prize
Tampere International Short Film Festival
Tehran Short Film Festival
Uppsala International Short Film Festival
Valladolid International Film Festival – Best Short Film
VideoMaker Film Festival – People’s Choice Award, Special Jury Prize
Zagreb Film Festival
Zlín International Film Festival for Children and Youth – Best Fiction Film

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Farnoosh Samadi

Farnoosh Samadi was born in Iran and graduated from the Fine Arts Academy in Rome. She started her career as a filmmaker at the Iranian Youth Cinema Societyand after that she made some video installations. She is the scriptwriter for the short films More Than Two Hours directed by Ali Asgari which was nominated fora Palme d’Or at Cannes 2013, The Baby which premiered in Short film competition at Venice Film Festival 2014 and some other short films.

She is currently co-writing a feature film with Ali Asgari which is accepted at Cinefondation Residence of Cannes Film Festival. THE SILENCE is her first short film which will have its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival 2016.

2016 The Silence, short film

Ali Asgari

Ali Asgari was born in Tehran, Iran. He studied cinema in Italy. He is an alumnus of Berlinale Talent Campus 2013. Two of his short films MORE THAN TWO HOURS (2013) and THE SILENCE (2016, co-directed by Farnoosh Samadi) were in competition at Festival de Cannes where they competed for the Short Film Palme d’Or. His short film THE BABY premiered in competition of Venice Film Festival in 2014. His short films were screened in more than 600 film festivals around the world including Sundance, BFI London and Melbourne and won more than 150 international awards. DISAPPEARANCE is his first feature film. The script was developed at Cannes Festival’s Cinefondation La Residence.

2017 Disappearance, feature film
2016 In The Same Garden (Vika episode), short
2016 The Silence, short
2015 The Pain, short
2014 The Baby, short
2013 More Than Two Hours, short
2012 Barbie, short
2011 Tonight Is Not a Good Night for Dying, short