BEYOND WORDS (POMIĘDZY SŁOWAMI)
Directed by URSZULA ANTONIAK
DECEMBER 8TH (18.30)
Director Urszula Antoniak's work may be familiar to Irish audiences from her earlier film Nothing Personal (2009), in which a young woman retreats to Connemara. In Beyond Words, Polish-born, Berlin-based lawyer Michael (Jakub Gierszał) has fully assimilated into German society; although he hasn't fully disavowed his Polish heritage, it is something from which he keeps his distance. The sudden reappearance of the father he thought dead, a roaming musician with none of the trappings of success by which Michael defines himself, forces him to re-engage with his background. Shot in luminous monochrome, Antoniak's film is a richly layered exploration of the migrant experience, asking questions about identities inherited and forged that will resonate with both Polish and Irish audiences alike.
87 minutes. Poland-Netherlands, 2017. Subtitled. Black & White. Digital.
Notes on films by Kevin Coyne.