Whispers of War

Stille Post

62nd TIFF: International Premiere

When Khalil, a primary school teacher in Berlin, gets hold of war images from his Kurdish hometown of Cizre, he believes to recognize his long-lost sister in the blurry material. His life starts slipping out of his hands when he tries to rescue her from the war zone and to find media attention for the brutal footage. A breathtaking recording of the inextricable bond between trauma, memory, and the power of the image.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Available at the Agora Market.

Direction: Florian Hoffmann
Script: Florian Hoffmann
Cinematography: Carmen Treichl
Editing: Marco Rottig
Sound: Jakob Mäsel, Adel Gamehdar
Actors: Hadi Khanjanpour, Kristin Suckow, Aziz Capkurt, Jeanette Hain, Melda Kanbak
Production: Chromosom Film, Deutsche Film, Fernsehakademie Berlin
Producers: Alexander Wadouh, Roxana Richters
Art Direction: Anne Storandt, Winnie Christiansen
Costumes: Laura Kirst
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Germany
Production Year: 2021
Duration: 94'
Contact: Chromosom Film

Florian Hoffmann

Florian Hoffman was born in Berlin-Kreuzberg in 1987. He completed a bachelor’s degree in ethnology, sociology, and political science at the University of Basel. In 2011, he began studying directing at the film school DFFB. His first documentary feature-length film Arlette, Courage is a Muscle, was a long-term observation of a Central African girl on her arduous journey to Germany. Whispers of War is Florian's first fiction feature-length film.


2015 Hotel of the Dictators (doc, short)
2015 Arlette. Courage Is a Muscle (doc)
2017 I Don’t Care Doesn’t Count (doc, short)
2021 Whispers of War