Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's silence)

Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
115 min
Le silence de Lorna

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?

Screenplay: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne

Cinematography: Alain Marcoen

Editing: Marie-Hélène Dozo

Sound: Thomas Gauder

Costumes: Monic Parelle

Cast: Arta Dobroshi (Lorna), Jérémie Renier (Claudy Moreau), Fabrizio Rongione (Fabio), Alban Ukaj (Sokol), Morgan Marinne (Spirou), Olivier Gourmet (L'inspecteur), Anton Yakovlev (Andrei), Grigori Manoukov (Kostia), Mireille Bailly (Monique Sobel), Stéphanie Gob (Nurse), Laurent Caron (Commissaire), Baptiste Somin (Morgue Attendant), Alexandre Trocky (Doctor), Cédric Lenoir (Bank Attendant), Cécile Boland (Female Doctor)

Producer: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd

Production:  Archipel 35Les Films du FleuveArte France CinémaLucky Red (IT)

Distribution: Diaphana DistributionCinéart (BE)Lucky Red (IT)Vertigo (ES)

Co-production: Andrea Occhipinti

World sales:  Celluloid Dreams

LUX Prize result: 
The LUX Prize 2008 was awarded on 22 October 2008 to the Belgian film Le silence de Lorna (Lorna's silence), directed by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne. It was designated by the MEPs who saw one or more films. As for previous laureate, Parliament payed to subtitle Welcome into the EU's 23 official languages and for it to be adapted for the visually or hearing impaired. It also funded the production of a 35 mm print for each Member State.