What Silent Gerda Knows

Closing day of the season in the boarding house at the Vietinghoff Palace in the province of Latvia. Here the material world and atmosphere of the 1930s are reconstructed as fully as possible. According to the rules of the institution, guests must abandon all their means of digital communications. And this is what they are looking for: to disappear, at least for a while, and become inaccessible to the outside world. The lingering summer heat drags the guests into an insane frenzy where surrealistic and grotesque situations build up an ambiguous comedy.

  • Yevgeny Pashkevich
    Gulf Stream Under The Iceberg (2012); The Days of a Man (1989); Infants (1984)
  • Yevgeny Pashkevich
    Gulf Stream Under The Iceberg (2012); Romantic Mirages of The Marquis de Bradomin; Confession of Felix Krull
  • Yevgeny Pashkevich
    Gulf Stream Under The Iceberg (2012)
  • Roberts Vinovskis
    My Love Affair with Marriage (2022); Songs for a Fox (2021); Troubled Minds (2021)
  • Severija Janusauskaite
    Key Cast
    "Baroness Emma"
    Babylon Berlin (2022); Sirens (2022); The Playlist (2022); Ghost (2021)
  • Leonid Yarmolnik
    Key Cast
    "Baron Von Vietinghoff"
    Hard to Be a God (2013); Odessa (2019); Hipsters (2008)
  • Leonardas Pobedonoscevas
    Key Cast
    "Fred Kelleman"
    Medics paramedics (2021); Naktine zvejyba (2021)
  • Kärt Tammjärv
    Key Cast
  • Gundars Abolins
    Key Cast
    Midsummer Madness (2007); City on the River (2020); Monsieur Taurins (2011)
  • Inese Pudza
    Key Cast
  • Gatis Gaga
    Key Cast
  • Aigars Apinis
    Key Cast
    "Killer Andrey"
  • Arvidas Dapšis
    Key Cast
  • Andrejs Rudzats
    Director of Photography
    Emily. Queen of the Press (2022); The Year Before the War (2021)
  • Karlis Auzans
    The Land (2022)
  • Jurgis Krasons
    Production Designer
    Songs for a Fox (2021); Wild East (2021); Squeal (2021)
  • Keita
    Costume Designer
  • Ilze Trumpe
    Make-up Artist
    Homo Novus ( 2018); January (2022)
  • Kristians Luhaers
    Line Producer
    Rockin' Down the Wall (2010 - 2024); Gulf Stream Under the Iceberg (2012);Three to Dance (2011); Hide and Seek (2001)
  • Project Type:
  • Genres:
    Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime:
    1 hour 30 minutes 53 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    October 22, 2020
  • Production Budget:
    760,000 EUR
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  • Language:
    English, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
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  • Moscow IFF
    Russian Federation
    October 4, 2020
    World premiere
    Out of Competition
  • Riga IFF
    October 20, 2020
    Latvian premiere
  • National Film Festival "Lielais Kristaps"
    November 12, 2020
    9 nominations, 3 prizes: best production designer, best costume, and special jury prize - director of photography.
  • Baltic Film Days
    October 16, 2021
Distribution Information
  • Nida Filma
    Country: Worldwide
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Yevgeny Pashkevich

Born November 1, 1948, Daugavpils, Latvia.
Graduated from the All-Union Institute of Cinematography (VGIK), Film Director’s Department (R.L.Karmen workshop) in Moscow in 1978. Since 1969 worked at Riga Film Studio, and in 2000 established his own studio Nida Filma.
Director of 3 fiction and 36 documentary films. Scriptwriter for 11 fiction and documentary films. His films “The Long Day”, “Variations on the Theme” and “The Days of Man” were selected as study aid for the following film schools – VGIK (Russia), Graduate Film Programme at New York University and Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University (USA). In 1992, the first feature film by Yevgeny Pashkevich “The Days of a Man” (based on the novel by A. Bytov, screenwriter S. Soloviov, Riga Film Studio, 1989) was screened on the official programme of the Berlin International Film Festival (Panorama section) with considerable success. Since 1994, Vlad Petric, the curator of the Harvard Film Archives, has included “The Days of a Man” in his programme Oneiric Cinema.

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Director Statement

Many things that we do not express in words or deeds manifest in our fantasies, and paradoxically enough they reflect our true self more vividly than the daily routine. Fantasy is Nature’s giftable to embellish the dullness of existence. It is filled with Romance, Drama, Pause and Grotesque. The world of fantasy is dual and beyond the grasp of the mind. However, it governs our lives to a greater extent than we can imagine.