An elliptical, claustrophobic drama shot in the brilliant, breathtaking long takes that are Jancsó’s trademark, Silence and Cry is set after the fall of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919. A young soldier, fleeing the anti-Communist manhunt, takes refuge at the isolated farm of a peasant family, who are already under police scrutiny.
The final part of an epic unofficial trilogy, following The Round-Up and The Red and the White, the film explores the cruel mechanics of oppression and resistance within the family, and how they echo the political turmoil that rages outside. The brutal beauty of Silence and Cry reveals the terrible impact of tyrannical power, politics and history.
Available on both Blu-Ray and DVD formats, Silence and Cry is presented from the brand new HD transfer of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the film’s cinematographer János Kende, with special features including Jancsó’s renowned but rarely-seen documentary ‘Jelenlét’ trilogy of short films, and a booklet featuring an essay by film historian Tony Rayns.
- Presented from the brand new HD transfer of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the film’s cinematographer János Kende.
- Presence I / II / III (Jelenlét) – World premiere HD presentation of Jancsó’s renowned but rarely-seen documentary trilogy of short films.
- 12-page booklet featuring a substantial essay by author and film programmer Tony Rayns.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.
- Region Free Blu-ray and DVD