A Question of Silence

Monday, January 8, 2018

Split Britches presents A QUESTION OF SILENCE
Archival 35mm print!

Can murder ever be justified? That’s the central question at the heart of this controversial 1981 feminist classic by Marleen Gorris (Antonia’s Line). A QUESTION OF SILENCE follows a psychiatrist (Edda Barends) as she interviews three female strangers who mysteriously joined together to kill a male shop owner in a fit of spontaneous rage. The film is a favorite of legendary theater artists Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver, together known as Split Britches (who will be at LaMama ETC with their new show Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) January 4th-22nd). Shaw and Weaver write, “A QUESTION OF SILENCE has had huge impact on our work in terms of finding a queer feminist solution to issues and problems. We always refer to it at some point in our process.” Rarely screened in theaters, Gorris’ film should provoke a fascinating conversation in the wake of the recent surge of the #MeToo movement.

Screening as part of Queer|Art|Film.

  • Country Netherlands
  • Year 1982
  • Running Time 92 minutes
  • Director Marleen Gorris
  • Writer Marleen Gorris
  • Editor Hans von Dongen
  • Cinematographer Frans Bromet
  • Cast Edda Barends, Nelly Frijda, Henriëtte Tol

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