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Beyond Words

Beyond Words

Synopsis

Director

Nothing in Michael, a young and successful Berlin lawyer, gives away his Polish roots. The sudden appearance of his father, who was long presumed dead, plunges Michael into an existential crisis. After his father leaves, Michael can’t return to his life as a German.

Michael and his boss and best friend Franz feel at home in Berlin’s hip restaurants, bars and clubs. There is seemingly no difference between them, but Michael, who emigrated from Poland after the death of his mother several years ago, still pays extra attention to his accent. Michael is thrown into turmoil when a run-down Polish bohemian shows up on his doorstep and claims to be his father. Father and son, two complete strangers spend a weekend together, torn between empathy, rejection and mistrust. As Michael’s roots catch up with him, a painful crisis seems inevitable…

„Beyond Words“ is the fourth feature film by the multiple award-winning writer-director Urszula Antoniak. Shot on black and white, the highly atmospheric and multi-layered drama touches on the difficult subject of assimilation and identity.

Urszula Antoniak

(b. 1968, Czestochowa, Poland) graduated from Amsterdam Dutch Film Academies in 1993. After short works and highly successful productions for Dutch television. Her feature debut feature „Nothing Personal“ brought her a number of awards at the festival in Locarno in 2009 and screened also at PÖFF 2010. Her second feature film „Code Blue“ premiered in Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes and was also screened at PÖFF in 2011. Her third full-length fiction film „Nude Area“ was screened also at PÖFF programme in 2014. „Beyond Words“ is Antoniak’s fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Nothing Personal (2009, Ei midagi isiklikku, PÖFF 2010)
  • Code Blue (PÖFF 2011)
  • Nude Area (Paljas pind, PÖFF 2014)
  • Beyond Words (2017)

Schedule

20.11.2017
18:45 - 20:10
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 040603
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26.11.2017
20:15 - 21:40
Tallinn, 
Coca-Cola Plaza
Hall 9
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 100605
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03.12.2017
14:45 - 16:10
Tallinn, 
Kino Artis
Hall 1
Subtitles: ENG
Screening code: 171301
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Programme

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Film info

Countries: Netherlands, Poland
Year: 2017
Duration: 85 minutes
Languages: German, Polish
Director: Urszula Antoniak
Producers: Lukasz Dzieciol, Floor Onrust, Piotr Dzieciol
Writer: Urszula Antoniak
DOP: Lennert Hillege
Montage: Nathalie Alonso Casale, Milenia Fiedler
Composer: Jozef van Wissem
Cast: Jakub Gierszal, Andrzej Chyra, Christian Löber
Productions: Opus Film, Family Affair Films
Festivals: Toronto, San Sebastian, Warsaw

Synopsis

Director

Nothing in Michael, a young and successful Berlin lawyer, gives away his Polish roots. The sudden appearance of his father, who was long presumed dead, plunges Michael into an existential crisis. After his father leaves, Michael can’t return to his life as a German.

Michael and his boss and best friend Franz feel at home in Berlin’s hip restaurants, bars and clubs. There is seemingly no difference between them, but Michael, who emigrated from Poland after the death of his mother several years ago, still pays extra attention to his accent. Michael is thrown into turmoil when a run-down Polish bohemian shows up on his doorstep and claims to be his father. Father and son, two complete strangers spend a weekend together, torn between empathy, rejection and mistrust. As Michael’s roots catch up with him, a painful crisis seems inevitable…

„Beyond Words“ is the fourth feature film by the multiple award-winning writer-director Urszula Antoniak. Shot on black and white, the highly atmospheric and multi-layered drama touches on the difficult subject of assimilation and identity.

Urszula Antoniak

(b. 1968, Czestochowa, Poland) graduated from Amsterdam Dutch Film Academies in 1993. After short works and highly successful productions for Dutch television. Her feature debut feature „Nothing Personal“ brought her a number of awards at the festival in Locarno in 2009 and screened also at PÖFF 2010. Her second feature film „Code Blue“ premiered in Directors’ Fortnight section in Cannes and was also screened at PÖFF in 2011. Her third full-length fiction film „Nude Area“ was screened also at PÖFF programme in 2014. „Beyond Words“ is Antoniak’s fourth full-length feature film.

Filmography

  • Nothing Personal (2009, Ei midagi isiklikku, PÖFF 2010)
  • Code Blue (PÖFF 2011)
  • Nude Area (Paljas pind, PÖFF 2014)
  • Beyond Words (2017)