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Beyond Silence (Jenseits der Stille)

Beyond Silence

Lara's parents are both deaf. Since she is the only member of her family who can hear and speak, she has served as a kind of foreign minister for her family from an early age, translating and negotiating for them in even the most absurd of situations. When Lara's vivacious and temperamental aunt Clarissa gives her a clarinet as a present, the girl begins to discover the wonderful world of music. Her father observes this development with waxing unease, as he fears losing his daughter to a world he has no access to. Torn between her love of music and her love of her parents, the growing Lara finally chooses a life of music. When she decides to go to Berlin and attend the music conservatory, the difficult and painful process of leaving home begins ...
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1996
Director Caroline Link
Screenplay Beth Serlin, Caroline Link
Cinematography Gernot Roll
Patricia Rommel
Niki Reiser
Cast Howie Seago, Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb, Sybille Canonica, Emmanuelle Laborit
Producers Luggi Waldleitner, Jakob Claussen, Thomas Wöbke
Production Companies Claussen+Putz Filmproduktion, Roxy Film/Munich, in co-production with ARTE, BR, SDR/Stuttgart, SRF/Zurich
Runtime 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Subtitled Versions English, French
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Munich 1996, Mill Valley 1996, Chicago 1997, Tokyo 1997, Vancouver 1997
Awards Bavarian Film Award 1997, Golden Plaque Chicago 1997, German Film Awards 1997 for Best Leading Actress and Best Film Music, Guild Film Award 1997 from the Guild of German Art House Cinemas, Best Screenplay and Grand Prix Tokyo 1997, Audience Award Vancouver 1997
With backing from FilmFernsehFonds Bayern, BMI
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

World Sales
Bavaria Media International