In a Stockholm suburb, children from all over the world go to a school to learn Swedish. All of them have just arrived in Sweden. Six-year-old Maryam from Iran is the last to arrive. The film follows her struggle to grasp the mysteries of a new language and to find her feet in all that is new. How does one express oneself sufficiently to make friends, without having the words to do so?
They have developed a close collaboration, their films consisting of a close, emotional and visually expressive narrative. Their most recent film Kiss Bill (2010) received widespread critical acclaim and has been screened in more than 15 countries (IDFA, DOK Leipzig). The Quiet One is their graduation film from SADA (Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts). Emelie Wallgren has a background in language studies, Art History and Political Science. Cinema Studies in Paris were the starting point for her work with film. Ina Holmqvist has previously studied Political Science, Journalism and Photography.