Film Info: Jenseits der Stille

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 ...


Caroline Link was born in Bad Nauheim in 1964 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich. Her graduation film SOMMERTAGE (1991) won the Kodak Award at the Hof Film Festival. Her 1996 feature debut BEYOND SILENCE (JENSEITS DER STILLE) was nominated in 1998 for the Academy Award® for Best Foreign Language Film and received the Bavarian Film Award, the German Film Award in Silver and the Guild Film Award in Gold, among other commendations. Her other films include: the Erich Kästner-adaptation ANNALUISE AND ANTON (PÜNKTCHEN UND ANTON, 1999), KALLE DER TRÄUMER (TV, 1992), GLÜCK ZUM ANFASSEN (1989), BUNTE BLUMEN (1988), and the Academy Award®-winning NOWHERE IN AFRICA (NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA, 2001) for which she also received German Film Awards for Best Film and Best Director as well as the Special Jury Prize at Karlovy Vary in 2002, and her latest feature EXIT MARRAKECH (2013).
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/Munich, Roxy Film/Munich, in co-production with ARTE, BR, SDR/Stuttgart, SRF/Zurich
Length 109 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 German
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

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