Silence, please... or how I stopped chasing impossibilities.

‘Silence, please… or how I stopped chasing impossibilities’, is a confrontation with the impossibility of silence. A film essay that explores the philosophical implications of silence and its real-life consequences when turned political. The following question arises from the film: if, impossible, why, then, the pursuit of silence? By accepting the impossible nature of silence, a valuable lesson in acceptance can be found: the acceptance of a contemporary world that is unpredictable, noisy, and complex.

  • Maximiliano Battaglia
  • Maximiliano Battaglia
  • Maximiliano Battaglia
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Silencio, por favor... o cómo dejé de perseguir imposibilidades
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    24 minutes 16 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2023
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    Cambodia, France, Thailand
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  • Student Project:
    Yes - Paris College of Art
Director Biography - Maximiliano Battaglia

Uruguayan filmmaker and photographer based in Paris working in the field of experimental documentary. His documentary practice is aimed at conjecture rather than generating knowledge, for which he resorts to hybrid practices that favor imagination, uncertainty, and subjective experiences. His approach to image-making is layered and polycentric allowing for poetically intertwined realities to emerge.

His video work has been selected to film festivals such as Beijing Indie Short Film Festival, Cambodia International Film Festival (CIFF), and Montevideo World Film Festival

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Director Statement

In an increasingly unpredictable, noisy, and complex world, I set out to explore the philosophical and political implications of silence. An abstract concept that is usually defined for what it is not, silence is presented in the film as an impossibility. The narrator leads the audience into philosophical, metaphysical, and political explorations aided by "images of silence" and a performance that treats the gesture of silence with total absurdism. The various attempts at defining an impossibility serve as an invitation to the audience to question certain attitudes and values in our actuality. Is silence worth chasing after?