Lorna's Silence by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

“Le Silence de Lorna” (“Lorna's Silence” by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

In order to become the owner of a snack bar with her boyfriend, Lorna, a young Albanian woman living in Belgium, becomes an accomplice to a diabolical plan devised by mobster Fabio. Fabio has orchestrated a sham marriage between her and Claudy. The marriage allows her to obtain Belgian citizenship and then marry a Russian Mafioso willing to pay a lot of money to acquire the same quickly. However, for this second marriage to be possible, Fabio has planned to kill Claudy. Will Lorna keep silent

Cannes Film Fest 2008–Interview with Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, co-directors of “Lorna's Silence,” which played in Competition and won the Jury's Screenplay Award.

Casting Main Character of Lorna with Kosovo Actress

One of our assistants went to Pristina, Skopje and Tirana in order to audition about one hundred professional and non-professional young actresses. We selected Arat Dobroshi. We had seen her in two Albanian movies a few weeks before. We went to Sarajevo, where she lives, to meet her and we filmed her with our DV camera for a whole day. We filmed her walking, running, singing and also playing in scenes like those in our movie. The she came over to Lige and we filmed her acting with Jrmie Renier and Fabrizio Rongione. She was amazingly beautiful and natural. In the evening, before she flew to Sarajevo, we told her that we had selected her for the role of Lorna and that she would have to come back to Belgium a few months before the shooting to rehearse and learn French.

Shooting in 35 mm with Less Mobile Camera and Wide Frame

We tested 5 digital cameras, a 35 mm and a super 16mm. The images shot at night with the 35 mm were closest to our project. Plus, we had decided that this time round, the camera would not be constantly moving, would be less descriptive and would be limited to recording images. Because of its weight the 35 mm was best suited for us.

Shooting in Lige

Its just a few miles away from Seraing, the industrial town where we spent our childhood and shot our previous movies. We agree that Lige is a bigger city, with plenty of people in the streets during the daytime as well as in the evening. For Lorna, the main character, who comes from Albania, a big European city embodies all sorts of hope. We also wanted to see Lorna in the midst of the crowd, people physically close to her but who knew nothing of her secret.

Story's Sensual and Sweet Quality

We owe it to Arta, the actress. Her face, her voice, the way she moves, the way she speaks French with her special accentand its probably because of our cameras perception of things, and probably because the movie is also a love story.