The National Screen Institute of Canada has selected Pardis Parker’s short “The Dance” for their Best Comedy award. The dialogue-free love story has won several awards, and signals the continuing trend of silent films following “The Artist”‘s Oscar win in 2012 and “The Paperman”‘s Oscar win for best Animated short in 2013. “Blancanieves,” Spain’s entry for the 2013 Best Foreign Language film, was a silent black-and-white rendition of Snow White. In 2008 it was Pixar’s “WALL-E” that found mainstream adoration with twenty minutes with almost no dialogue at all.
Joy Loewen, a member of the NSI, states: “No dialogue and cross-cultural romance gave ‘The Dance’ universal appeal.”
Positive reaction to his film, says Parker, “shows that you don’t need words to tell a story, or to connect to people’s hearts, or even to make them laugh.” Parker also stars in the film, alongside Evany Rosen.
Watch “The Dance” below: