El silencio del rio

The Silence of the River | Die Stille des Flusses
Juan watches his father. Why does he sleep all day? How come he is only able to fish at night and he doesn’t tell stories anymore? The days in the floating house on the river are long and quiet, the nights lonely. In an attempt to understand what has befallen his dad, Juan sets out into the darkness. In the Amazon region, it’s said that humanity and nature are deeply intertwined. Juan finds the truth somewhere between dream and reality.
by Francesca Canepa
with Wilson Isminio Cruz, Roover Mesia, Luis Mesia
Peru 2020 Spanish 14’ Colour empfohlen ab 8 Jahren


  • Wilson Isminio Cruz (Son)
  • Roover Mesia (Father)
  • Luis Mesia (Friend)


Written and Directed by Francesca Canepa
Cinematography Christian Valera
Editing Gino Moreno
Music Karin Zielinski
Sound Design Raul Astete
Sound Angel Romero
Production Design Aaron Rojas
Costumes Julio Guerrero
Assistant Director Sofía Betancourt
Production Manager Jimena Hospina
Producer Jimena Hospina
Executive Producers Francesca Canepa, Alejandro Noriega
Co-Producer Alejandro Noriega
Co-Production Rebeca Peru

Produced by

Candú Films

Francesca Canepa

The Peruvian filmmaker studied film at the University of Montpellier and camera at the Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in Terrassa, Catalonia. Her short film Aya, shot in the Peruvian Andes, won the award for Best Ibero-American Short Film at the Guadalajara International Film Festival in 2017. After studying screenwriting at the EICTV in Cuba, she won a scholarship to take an MBA in film directing at the EFTI Centro Internacional de Fotografía y Cine in Madrid. She also directs commercials and music videos.

Filmography (short films)

2017 Aya 2020 El silencio del rio (The Silence of the River)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020