The Silence of the Banana Trees

The Silence of the Banana Trees

Mihály has filled his house in a leafy suburb of Budapest with artworks made by his daughter Réka to whom he hasn’t spoken in years. The distance is even more difficult because she suffers from a serious illness. At their family home, he delves into a reservoir of tangible memories: vacation slides, letters, videotapes, and children’s drawings make up a film that encourages her to reconsider her decision. Abstract imagery and patient observations evoke a sense of transience that carries the viewer off in a maelstrom of recollections and feelings that lead to the gripping finale.
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Direction: Eneos Çarka
Script: Eneos Çarka
Cinematography: Eneos Çarka, Małgorzata Rabczuk, Daniel Angarita
Editing: Eneos Çarka
Sound: Sangam Panta
Music: Miklós Szilvester
Actors: Mihály Fekete, Réka Fekete
Production: DocNomads
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Hungary, Belgium, Portugal, Albania
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 24'
Contact: Gargantua Film Distribution
Awards/Distinctions: Tenk Award – FIPADOC 2023, Best Short Doc – Sole Luna Doc Film Festival 2023

Eneos Çarka

Eneos Çarka is a Los Angeles-based filmmaker. He graduated from DocNomads Masters on Creative Documentary and he is currently a PhD student and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California. His films have screened at numerous festivals, galleries, and cultural events such as IDFA, Festival dei Popoli, Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin in Musée du Louvre, DokuFest, among many others. They often focus on character studies and deal with memory, identity, and family relations, paying particular attention to issues of representation and experimenting with various approaches to cinema.


2016 City of Walls (short doc)
2022 The Silence of the Banana Trees (short doc)