Regional Competition

The Silence of the Banana Trees

Eneos Çarka
Screening time  
27.03. / Monday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 4  
01.04. / Saturday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 5  

Upset by his daughter Réka’s illness and her decision to keep her distance from the family, seventy-something Mihály engulfs in the memories he created with her. At his home, where this film is being shot, and where he and his family grew up, he draws from a reservoir of tangible memories: vacation slides, letters, videotapes and children’s drawings. As he nourishes them in the same way he nurtures his banana trees, they become alive, magical, and transcendental without ever breaking their silence. The film eventually becomes a go-between in an attempt to restore a lost connection. 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.


Eneos Çarka

Eneos Çarka graduated from DocNomads Masters on Creative Documentary and 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, FIPADOC, DokuFest, among many. They often focus on character studies and deal with memory, identity, and family relations, paying particular attention to issues of representations and experimenting with various approaches to cinema.

General sponsor

Hungary, Belgium, Albania, Portugal
2022, 24'

Directed by:
Eneos Çarka

Screenplay by:
Eneos Çarka

Eneos Çarka, Małgorzata Rabczuk, Daniel Angarita

Edited by:
Eneos Çarka

Miklós Szilvester

Dorottya Zurbó

Produced by:
Doc Nomads

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA (2022), Festival dei Popoli (2022), FIPADOC (2023)