Release date10 June 1993 WriterGraciela Maglie, Gabriela Massuh, Lita Stantic ScreenplayLita Stantic, Graciela Maglie, Gabriela Massuh CastVanessa Redgrave (Kate Benson), Julio Chavez (Julio - Patricio), Lautaro Murua (Bruno), Soledad Villamil (Ana - Laura), Ofelia Medina (Silvia) Similar moviesMilitary dictatorship movies, Movies about Argentina, Dramas
A Wall of Silence (Spanish: Un Muro de Silencio) is a 1993 Argentine drama film starring Vanessa Redgrave. The film concerns a turbulent period in Argentine history, the National Reorganization Process as well as the responsibility of artists in engaging and interpreting human stories from this period. It was directed by Lita Stantic and released theatrically in Argentina on 10 June 1993. It was also screened later that year at the Toronto International Film Festival. It was released as Black Flowers in some English territories.
Kate (Redgrave) is a British film director on location in Argentina that traces the story of Silvia (Medina). Silvia has a dark past, stemming from the turbulent time when she endured her husband's forced disappearance during the Dirty War. Silvia wants to move on with her life and concentrate on her family. But she is eventually persuaded into reliving her painful past.
Vanessa Redgrave as Kate Benson
Ofelia Medina as Silvia
Lautaro Murúa as Bruno
Soledad Villamil as Ana-Laura
Julio Chávez as Julio-Patricio
Stantic had the idea for the film as early as 1986 after an experience of working with the British actress, Julie Christie on Miss Mary. Christie revealed to Stantic her personal experiences of having set up her life in Argentina with the intention of discovering the recent past.
It was subsequently filmed in Buenos Aires in 1992. It is a co-production between Argentina's Aleph Producciones, Britain's Channel 4 and Mexico's Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía (IMCINE).
The film was generally well-received, proving to be a success with Argentine film critics. Although this was a period when Argentine film audiences were more enthralled with viewing politics through the gaze of melodrama and rock music. Redgrave was praised for her performance, especially for the striking similarities betweens her character and her real-life persona as supporter of sometimes unpopular minority causes. It currently holds a rating of 8.2/10 amongst IMDB reviewers.