Silent Youth

A Film by Diemo Kemmesies

Synopsis

Silent Youth is a film for misfits, dreamers and lovers. It’s the classic story of a coming out, but it focuses on the moments one tends to quickly forget: the first approach, the creaking of the chair while sitting across from each other, not knowing what to say. And it’s about the silence.

The film tells of the encounter and slow approximation of two young men in Berlin. Marlo, who claims to be visiting his girlfriend, wonders the streets of Berlin where he meets Kirill. He begins to follow him, which seems to impress Kirill. A strange relationship begins to develop between the two of them. The more Kirill exposes about himself, the more confusing it gets for Marlo.

They float next to one another, not knowing what the next step could be. Is there really someone to talk to in this strange world? Someone who is just as bewildered by it ? And isn’t it inevitably for this person to be just as strange?

Silent Youth is a film about feeling locked into yourself, but most of all it is a film about love.

Director

  • Diemo Kemmesies

    SILENT YOUTH is the second feature-lenght film by Diemo Kemmesies, and his graduation piece at the film school “filmArche” in Berlin. Diemo comes from Cottbus in eastern Germany. After his apprenticeship as an electrician, he worked for a cultural magazine while studying electrical engineering. At the same time he began acting in a theatre company and made his first steps in directing for the stage. In 2005 he moved to Berlin to study editing and directing. He began with film making experiments and soon after finished his first works as a film director and editor. His short film “Jeder Seins”, set in east Germany after the Fall of the Berlin Wall, achieved festival recognition. His first feature length film “Human Kapital”, produced in 2008, talks about different world views, causing the local separation between middle class citizens (OR bourgeoisie) and working class. Subsequently he made an experimental film and edited various short films. Ever since his first film there's been a close cooperation with director of photography Albrecht von Grünhagen, who also photographed “SILENT YOUTH”.

Awards + Festivals

  • 27tH VALENCIA INT'L FILM FESTIVAL – CINEMA JOVE (Spain, Int'l Competition)June 15, 2012
  • Q! FILM FESTIVAL (Indonesia)September 28, 2012
  • 42nd KYIV INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL „MOLODIST“ (Kyiv, Ukraine)October 22, 2012
  • NOMINATED FOR THE MILLBROOK-AUTORENPREIS
    46th INTERNATIONALEN HOFER FILMTAGE 2012 (Germany)October 23, 2012
  • 11th PINK SCREENS QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Brussels, Belgium)November 8, 2012
  • 30th TORINO FILM FESTIVAL (Torino, Italy)November 23, 2012
  • 1st SAN MARINO FILM FESTIVAL (Prato, Italy)December 11, 2012
  • 9th ACHTUNG BERLIN – NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD 2013 (Berlin, Germany)April 17, 2013
  • PINK APPLE FESTIVAL (Zurich, Switzerland)May 22, 2013
  • HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL OF BARCELONA/ NYC/ PARIS May 25, 2013
  • PHILADELPHIA QFEST (USA)July 17, 2013
  • 19th SAN GIO VERONA VIDEO FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Italy)July 23, 2013
  • 15th WINTER FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Uruguay)August 3, 2013
  • ACHTUNG BERLIN OPEN AIR SOMMER-FESTIVAL (Berlin, Germany)August 8, 2013
  • PORTOBELLO FILM FESTIVAL (London, UK)September 1, 2013
  • 17th QUEER LISBOA (Int’l Competition, Portugal)September 21, 2013
  • NOMINATED FOR THE IRIS PRIZE
    IRIS PRIZE FESTIVAL (Int’l Competition, Wales, UK)October 9, 2013
  • 6th INTERNATIONAL RIGHT FILM FESTIVAL “STEPS” (Competition, Ukraine)November 8, 2013
  • OUT TWINS CITIES FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (Official Selection, USA)November 11, 2013
  • 25th HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hawaii)June 6, 2014
  • SEATTLE LESBIAN & GAY FILM FESTIVAL 2014 (Northwest Film Forum, USA)October 11, 2014
  • BERLIN ART FILM FESTIVAL (Competiton, Germany)December 5, 2014

Crew

Director
Diemo Kemmesies
Screenplay
Diemo Kemmesies
Producer
Hannes Hirsch, Diemo Kemmesies, Albrecht von Grünhagen
Director Of Photography
Albrecht von Grünhagen
Editor
Diemo Kemmesies
Sound
Florian Mönks

Details

Running Time
73:00
Shooting Format
HD (Red Cam)
Screening Format
HDCam (1080p, 25p), DVD, DigiBeta, BetaSP, miniDV, BluRay, .mov (HD)
Aspect Ratio
1:1.85
Sound
Dolby Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

WORLD SALES & DISTRIBUTION

Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH
Prinzessinnenstraße 29
10969 Berlin

www.salzgeber.de

FILM SCHOOL & PRODUCTION

filmArche e.V.
Schlesische Straße 26
10997 Berlin
+49 (0) 30 616 26 911
info@filmarche.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Milieufilm GbR
Diemo Kemmesies & Hannes Hirsch

Bürkner Straße 6
D-12047 Berlin, Germany

post@milieu-film.com
www.milieu-film.com