Many silent film classics by internationally renowned directors such as Fritz Lang, Friedrich Murnau or Charles Chaplin rested in the archives for decades. But then in 1988 the composer and pianist Aljoscha Zimmermann, born in Riga in 1944, and the film historian Enno Patalas met: silent film awoke from its slumber.

When Silence Sings

„When Silence Sings“ is a multifaceted portrait of the film-obsessed and passionate artist Aljoscha Zimmermann, who is able to give an entire genre, the film concert, a new life of its own by breaking new ground from a cinematic and musical perspective. Irina Goldstein, Aljoscha Zimmermann’s older daughter accompanies her father on concert tours to Berlin, Paris and Moscow in this very personal documentary.