Writer-director Barak Barkan makes his feature film debut with the thriller Silence & Darkness, out now on VOD and Digital.
“After the death of their mother, blind and deaf sisters Anna (Mina Walker) and Beth (Joan Glackin) live happily in a secluded small town with their father (Jordan Lage). However, when a neighbor stops by, Anna and Beth begin to question Father’s medical diagnoses and start to realize his intentions are more sinister than they could have imagined.”
Shot in the haunting landscapes of Vermont, Silence & Darkness carefully crafts a harrowing, and eerie portrait of two sisters forced to use every skill they have to uncover the truth about their family.
I sought to create tension between the viewer and the film, both through Anna and Beth’s interactions and Father’s backstory,” Barkan states. “My goal is that while viewing the film, the audience will inhabit a constant state of curious unease—desperate to find out what led to the circumstances of this family’s life and what is going to happen next—while simultaneously fearful of the answer.”
The film is produced by Barkan, and Pablo Burn, with cinematography by Omar Nasr. It was edited by Colton Fordyce and features music by Bob Dylan.