87 mins, 2017, Poland-Netherlands, 2017, Digital, Subtitled, Black and White.

This film screened on Friday 8th  December 2017. 

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

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.

This film is screening as part of the IFI & Kinpolis Film Festival which runs from December 7th to 10th 2017. More details here. 

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