The Art of Silence

Art, Jewish Film, Jewish Highlights, Europe
Maurizius Staerkle Drux
81 minutes


Release year: 2022
Countries of Origin: Switzerland, Germany
Languages: French, English, German
Genre: documentary


World Premiere
Hot Docs, Artscapes
34th Annual Boston Jewish Film Festival
Miami Jewish Film Festival (MJFF), Documentary Competition

Official Selection
Slamdance, Break-outs Competition
World Community Film Festival
Sacramento Jewish Film Festival
Belleville Downtown DocFest



With his gestures and facial expressions alone, the mime Marcel Marceau captured audiences around the globe for decades. But the tragic background behind his work has remained hidden for a long time. THE ART OF SILENCE sheds new light on his life and unique art form, which his family and companions keep alive to this day.

Swiss filmmaker Maurizius Staerkle Drux (CONCRETE LOVE – THE BÖHM FAMILY) grew up with a deaf father. With THE ART OF SILENCE he reflects on parts of his own life story and on the turbulent life of the world-famous mime.


Maurizius Staerkle Drux Maurizius Staerkle Drux was born in Cologne in 1988 and grew up in Zurich. In 2012
he graduated in film directing at the ZHdK, specializing in sound design. His debut film THE BÖHM FAMILY – CONCRETE LOVE was shown in over 30 countries and won multiple awards. Since 2017, he has been imparting his passion for film and sound, as a lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts.


Host A Screening

Frequently Asked Questions


Get the 7th Art Newsletter