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“Silence is the most powerful instrument I have. Spirit is everything, and technique is always secondary.” Mark Hollis, Talk Talk
Dir. Gwenaël Breës, Belgium, 2020, 90 min
Thirty years after the release of Talk Talk’s fourth album Spirit of Eden, Gwenaël Breës, a Belgian journalist and longtime admirer of the 1980s British art-rock band, found himself crisscrossing the UK in an attempt to unravel the mystery surrounding the record. The challenge was huge. For years until his death in 2019, Talk Talk’s lead singer Mark Hollis had declined all interview requests, with the rest of the band following suit, and refusing to allow their music to be used on film.
Armed with little more than determination and a boom mic, Breës willingly attempted the impossible – to make a film about a band that did not want to be filmed, and recount the story of the making of a mysteriously timeless album without playing any of its music. A filmic journey full of detours, diversions and discoveries, and a quest with silence as a horizon line and punk as a philosophy, In A Silent Way is a film that contends that, despite all obstacles, music is accessible to all and the human spirit is above technique.