BEYOND WORDS

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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.

FILM INFO:
87 minutes. Poland-Netherlands, 2017. Subtitled. Black & White. Digital.

Notes on films by Kevin Coyne.

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