The Silence

13-year-old Sinikka vanishes on a hot summer night. Her bicycle is found in the exact place where a girl was killed 23 years ago. The dramatic present forces those involved in the original case to face their past.

  • 2011
The Silence

A bicycle found in a wheat field. A missing girl. Is history repeating itself? 23 years ago, a young girl named Pia was raped and murdered at this exact spot. Has the same thing happened now to 13-year-old Sinikka? Krischan, the retired police inspector who led the first investigation, is convinced that there’s a connection between the two crimes. His efforts to capture the killer back then were unsuccessful; this time, he is determined to bring him to justice together with his younger colleague David. While Sinikka’s parents are trapped in an agonizing period of waiting and uncertainty, their daughter’s fate rips open old wounds in the heart of the first victim’s mother. She, in turn, has the unsettling feeling that a visitor to her home – a nice young man, married with two children – is her daughter’s killer. As the days go by, an unbearable heat lies over the town’s modest homes like a bell jar. And behind the doors, once intact worlds begin to fall apart.

Ulrich Thomsen
Wotan Wilke Möhring
Katrin Sass
Burghart Klaussner
Sebastian Blomberg


Baran bo Odar


Baran bo Odar

Director of Photography

Nikolaus Summerer


Jörg Schulze, Frank Evers (cine plus Filmproduktion), Maren Lüthje, Florian Schneider (luethje & schneider film)

World Sales

Global Screen


NFP / Warner



Supported by

FFF Bayern, MDM, Medienboard, FFA und DFFF


2011 Prix Europa Television - Nominated // 2011 Fernsehkrimifestival Wiesbaden Won - Audience Award // 2010 Frankfurter Buchmesse Won - Best International Literary Film Adaption //


2011 Budapest International Film Festival // 2011 Fernsehkrimifestival Wiesbaden // 2010 Locarno Film Festival // 2010 Los Angeles German Currents // 2010 Sao Paulo Film Festival // 2010 Munich Film Festival //