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Beyond Words

Director: Urszula Antoniak
Nothing about Michael, a young and successful lawyer in Berlin, betrays his Polish roots. But can his cherished new identity withstand the sudden arrival of his father, whom he believed dead?
This story, presented in clear-cut black and white, is not only a father-son drama, but also a reflection on themes such as identity and immigration. The perspective is unusual. Michael is not an underdog, but an immigrant who seems to have assimilated perfectly. Like his German friend and colleague/boss Franz, he feels at home in the hip clubs of Berlin. Until the unanticipated arrival of his dad puts everything topsy-turvy. Strangers to one another, they spend the weekend together, swinging back and forth between recognition, rejection and distrust. As a result of this confrontation with his origins, Michael plunges into a painful crisis.
Title: Beyond Words
Year: 2017
Duration : 1 hour, 24 minutes
Category: Feature film
Edition: NFF 2018

Gouden Kalf winner

Beste Camera (2018)
Lennert J Hillege, NSC
Beste Sound Design (2018)
Jan Schermer

Gouden Kalf nominees

Beste Film (2018)
Noortje Wilschut
Beste Film (2018)
Lukasz Dzięciol
Beste Film (2018)
Piotr Dzięciol
Beste Film (2018)
Floor Onrust

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