SynopsisA former military barracks of the Wehrmacht now serves as a refugee camp for people from Ukraine.
WAKING UP IN SILENCE accompanies the children on their journey, where their own history meets that of the barracks. A moment between past and future, war and silence, departure and arrival, which depicts a portrait of German history and its present through the eyes of its young protagonists.
"We would like to give the prize to a film that offers a tender glimpse into the daily rhythms of a dislocated childhood. This film’s effortless intimacy bears witness to enduring joy, strength and innocence against a backdrop of profound loss. We were moved by the film’s confident approach. It powerfully evokes a sense of place and history as it offers an important snapshot of the urgent present." [int. Jury Generation Kplus 73 BERLINALE]