Award of Excellence – Silence (Japan)

Title: Silence
Runtime: 14 min
Country: Japan
Director: TJ O’ Grady Peyton
Placement: Award of Excellence
Competition: September, 2020

Synopsis:A young man wanders around the city where people wearing masks come and go. He digests the excess energy by the drawing of graffiti. One day, he finds a girl dancing ballet in an abandoned building. Her dance is imprinted on his heart, and he becomes interested in dance and secretly begins practicing ballet. And, through the fact that a man plays ballet, he feels a difference in common sense between himself and the world. Gender issues that were unknowingly planted in common sense and rules were deep-rooted, and the young man and his father, who try to fill the gap, dare to remain silent.