Chaos and Silence

Chaos and Silence

by Anatol Schuster

Synopsis | Cast & Crew | Technical Information

As young musicians Jean and Helena brace for parenthood amidst job insecurities, their lives collide with landlord Klara's enigmatic breakdown. Accepting her offer of rent-free living, they embark on a surreal journey, encountering societal judgments and forming unexpected connections that shape their intertwined destinies.


Sabine Timoteo, Anton von Lucke, Maria Spanring

Director Bio

Anatol Schuster, class 1985, is an independent filmmaker and producer. He studied directing at the HFF Munich and assisted Edgar Reitz on Home From Home. His first short film A Perfect Place was awarded at Berlinale in 2015. Ms Stern (2019), his debut as producer, was highly acclaimed by both critics and audiences. In 2022 he founded Zwillingfilm dedicated to auteur-driven cinema.

Director Statement

CHAOS AND SILENCE is about a woman’s attempt to free herself from her ego by completely withdrawing from the world. Her act of resistance and her urge for freedom is doomed to fail. But it creates glimpses of hope. Moments of silence. Moments for music. For humanity and unity.  
The film portrays a current mood of our (i.e. the german) society. It shows a world out of balance. People’s existential loneliness and their desire for healing. Their longing for silence in a world which is too fast and too loud. In the end we witness how chaos and silence finally meet.  
The film brings up the question what we leave behind and what remains of us. Music is a possible answer: Jean‘s delicate compositions of silence, his form of memory. About Klara and her disappearance. About the mystery and beauty of life. 

Cast Bio

SABINE TIMOTEO (Klara) is a trained dancer, gained recognition for her debut film role in L’amour, l’argent, l’amour, winning the Swiss Film Award and the Bronze Leopard in Locarno. Renowned for embodying women detached from the world, her intense yet nuanced portrayals earned accolades, including the Adolf-Grimme-Preis and another Swiss Film Award.

ANTON VON LUCKE (Jean) graduated from the Ernst Busch Drama School in Berlin. He was an ensemble member at the German Theater in Göttingen and played Romeo in Die Tragödie von Romeo und Julia. His debut film role was as lead in Frantz, François Ozon's film, premiered at the Venice Film Festival in 2016. In 2017, he joined the cast of Babylon Berlin.

MARIA SPANRING (Helena) is an Austrian actress mainly known for her career in theatre marks her debut in feature films with Chaos und Stille.


Writer, Director & Producer Anatol Schuster

Composer Henrik Ajax

Cinematographer Julian Krubasik

Editor Gesa Jäger

Production Designer Markus Dicklhuber

Costume Designer Lena Nienaber

Original title: Chaos Und Stille | 83 minutes | German OV |  Audio 5.1 | Colour | Aspect Ratio 1:2,35 (Cinemascope)

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