Beyond Words

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    Beyond Words

    Directed by

    Netherlands, Poland

    2017

    85 min

    • German
    • Polish

    Drama

    Toronto IFF

    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...

    Awards

    • Ecumenical Jury Award - Warsaw IFF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Jakub Gierszał
    Andrzej Chyra
    Christian Löber
    Screenplay
    Urszula Antoniak
    Cinematography
    Lennert Hillege
    Editing
    Nathalie Alonso Casale
    Milenia Fiedler
    Music
    Jozef van Wissem
    Sales
    GLOBAL SCREEN GMBH
    Production
    OPUS FILM
    Production
    FAMILY AFFAIR FILMS

    Press

    Beyond Words happily shows rather than tells when it comes to the central character’s predicament.

    Sarah Ward, Screen Daily

    Urszula Antoniak

    Urszula Antoniak

    Netherlands

    Being a woman director I’m naturally drawn towards strong female protagonists and dislike presenting women as victims.

    Urszula Antoniak is a Polish/Dutch screenwriter and director. Her feature film debut NOTHING PERSONAL starring Stephen Rea and Lotte Verbeek, won six awards at 2009 Locarno Film Festival including Best First Feature, Best Actress and FIPRESCI prize. It also won Best Feature and Best Director awards at 2009 Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht and was nominated for Discovery Award by European Film Academy. Her second feature CODE BLUE had its premiere during 2011 Cannes Film Festival at Directors Fortnight. CODE BLUE won Best Camera and Best Sound awards at 2011 Dutch Film Festival in Utrecht. Her screenplay LIFE ACCORDING TO NINO directed by Simone Dusseldorp was the opening film of 2014 Cinekid Film Festival.

    Selected Filmography