The Queen of Silence / Die Königin der Stille

10 years old Denisa is an outcast in many ways. She is an illegal citizen of a gypsy camp in Poland, a woman in a patriarchal gypsy community and most of all – she doesn’t speak as no one has ever diagnosed her with severe hearing disabilities. She lives in a world of her own, full of rhythm and dance, imitating the glamorous women from the Bollywood DVDs she found in a nearby garbage. Dancing she can be anyone she wants, even a queen, and express what she can‘t say – joy, sadness and fear.



Country of Production
Germany, Poland

Year of Production

DCP, HDCam, BluRay

56 / 80 min

Agnieszka Zwiefka

Production Filmproduktion and Chilli Productions, in co-production with HBO Europe, Stefilm International, Odra-Film and ZDF in collaboration with ARTE, in association with YLE, RAI TRE, RSI and SVT

Original Language
Romani, Polish


Festivals / Awards

IDFA Amsterdam 2014
Docpoint IDF Helsinki 2015
Docpoint IDF Tallinn 2015
Tempo IDF Stockholm 2015
One World HRFF Prague 2015 (Czech Radio Jury Award)
Thessaloniki IDF 2015
One World HRFF Bucharest 2015
Vilnius IFF 2015
Dortmund Cologne Women’s FF 2015
Hot Docs Toronto 2015
DOK.Munich 2015 (Honorable Mention in the Competition)
Krakow IFF 2015 (THE SILVER HORN Award for Best Feature-length Documentary // Polish Society of Cinematographers Award for the Best Cinematography)
Pärnu IFF 2015
T-Mobile New Horizons FF Wroclaw 2015 (IN THE ZOOM Award)
Dokufest Prizren 2015
EBS IDF 2015
Flahertiana IDF Perm 2015 (Golden Nanook - Grand Prix for Best Documentary)
Budapest IDF 2015
Reykjavik IFF 2015
Nuremberg HRFF 2015
Let’s Cee IFF Vienna 2015 (Urania Award for Best Documentary)
Polish FF Chicago 2015
Nordic FF Leeuwarden 2015
Women’s FF Tuebingen 2015
Polish FF CINEPOL Munich 2015
Panorama of European Film Cairo 2015
Festival dei Popoli Florence 2015
Mumbai IFF 2016
Millennium FF Brussels 2016 (Special Mention Int. Comp.)
Mooov FF Turnhout 2016
Neisse FF 2016
Romani FF Berlin 2017
DokuBaku FF 2018
Rolling FF Kosovo 2018

Deutscher Kamerapreis 2015 (Best Camera)
Deutscher Kamerapreis 2015 (Best Editing)
nominated for Prix Europa 2015 in the category TV IRIS