This riveting, slice-of-life portrait of an East London nurse won the Berlin Film Festival’s Teddy Jury Prize for the arresting performance from lead actor Vicky Knight. Her life story and background serve as the blueprint for director Sacha Polak’s poignant and raw tale about confronting one’s demons and finding unexpected redemption along the way.
Franky (Knight) embarks on her first romantic relationship with a woman — specifically, one of her patients recovering from a suicide attempt. Their bond pushes Franky to seek answers for the mysterious fire that left her mind and body scarred 15 years prior. She finds the nerve to confront her estranged father and his spouse about their involvement. But is the connection between these wounded souls healing, or is it inspiring a taste for revenge? Echoing the work of Andrea Arnold (FISH TANK) and Lynne Ramsay (MORVERN CALLAR), SILVER HAZE finds a harmonious balance between its gritty exterior and poetic heart.
Content advisory: This film contains scenes of self-harm and homophobic violence.