Silent Sonata

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Silent Sonata
Silent Sonata FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Janez Burger
Produced by Jožko Rutar
Morgan Bushe
Written by Janez Burger
Starring Leon Lučev
Cinematography Divis Marek
Release date
  • 25 January 2011 (2011-01-25) (Rotterdam)
  • 8 February 2011 (2011-02-08) (Slovenia)
Running time
75 minutes
Country Slovenia
Language None

Silent Sonata (Slovene: Circus Fantasticus) is a 2011 Slovenian drama film directed by Janez Burger and has no dialogue. The main producers are the Slovene Stara Gara and the Irish Fastnet Films. Silent Sonata is the first official Slovene-Irish-Swedish-Finnish co-production[1] and was shot in 35 days in Slovenia and Ireland. The world premiere took place on the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2011.[2][3] The production crew included members from at least 18 countries. The film's original title was Circus Fantasticus, but only in Slovenia, as it is distributed under its original title.

The film was selected as the Slovenian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards,[4] however, the Society of Slovene filmmakers (Društvo slovenskih filmskih ustvarjalcev, DSFU) neglected to officially submit the entry in time because of a misunderstanding within the organization, so it wasn't included in the final list of entries.[5]



  • 13th Festival of Slovenian Film Portorož[6]
    • Vesna Award for Best Feature Film
    • Vesna Award for Best Director
    • Vesna Award for Best Supporting Actor
    • Vesna Award for Best Music
    • Vesna Award for Best Sound
    • Vesna Award for Best Make-up
    • Award of Slovenian film critics for Best Feature Film
    • Kodak Award for Best Photography
  • 58th Pula Film Festival
    • Best Actors Award - Awarded to the entire cast[7]
  • Alexandria International Film Festival
    • Best Artistic Achievement Award

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Circus Fantasticus". galwayfilmfleadh. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Fortissimo takes on Rotterdam premiere Silent Sonata". screendaily. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  3. ^ "Three Irish films selected for Rotterdam Film Festival Line-Up". irishfilmboard. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Countries of former Yugoslavia choose Oscar candidates". Screendaily. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Slovenija iz boja za oskarja izpadla, ker smo film pozabili prijaviti" (in Slovenian). RTV Slovenija. 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  6. ^ "Silent Sonata". silentsonatamovie. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  7. ^ "Pula Film Festival". Retrieved 2011-10-26. 

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