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SJFF: THE ART OF SILENCE (Virtual)
March 20 - March 26
The first documentary about legendary French mime artist Marcel Marceau—who inspired entire generations of artists from the famous Swiss clown Dimitri to David Bowie—traces Marceau’s long history, career, and artistic journey through archival images and footage, and revelatory testimonials.
In-Person Showtime: March 12 | AMC | Brunch: 10 am | Film: 11 am • Streaming Window: March 20-26
More on THE ART OF SILENCE (L’art du silence)
Maurizius Staerkle Drux | Documentary | Germany, Switzerland | 2022 | English, German, French w/English subtitles | 81m | PG
For five decades, legendary French mime artist Marcel Marceau entertained and touched audiences around the globe and inspired entire generations of artists, from the famous Swiss clown Dimitri, who was part of his company, to David Bowie and Kate Bush. In THE ART OF SILENCE, the first documentary film about his life, we meet the complex, compassionate artist and family man behind the white-painted mask. The son of a Strasbourg kosher butcher, as a teenager Marceau eluded capture by the Nazis through mime; he later joined the French Resistance and helped save hundreds of Jewish children. This revelatory film, filled with archival images and footage, and intimate testimonials by protégés and family members, traces Marceau’s long history, career, and artistic journey which was informed by his traumatic experiences during World War II.
Maurizius Staerkle Drux works as a filmmaker and sound artist. His prior films include DIE BÖHMS: ARCHITEKTUR EINER FAMILIE (CONCRETE LOVE, 2014) and the short BUNGA (2012). Born in Cologne, Germany, and raised in Zürich, his work in film, sound, and sign language led to making this film. His works have won several international prizes including the prestigious Goethe Prize at the International Film Festival in Leipzig. Since 2017, he has been a member of the European Film Academy and is a lecturer at the University of Zürich. View official bio on IMDB.
Film Sponsor: Glazer’s Camera
Catering Sponsors: Dancing Goats Coffee, Mangia Bene Catering, Rubinstein Bagels, and Sholom Tea
Pizmon’s appearance made possible by Maya Newman and Ben Mahdavi
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