Beyond Silence / Jenseits der Stille
Caroline Link, Germany, 1996.
Directed by: Caroline Link
Script: Caroline Link, Beth Serlin
Producer: Jakob Claussen, Luggi Waldleitner, Thomas Woebke
Production company: Claussen+Woebke+Putz Filmproduktion, Roxy Film
Cinematography: Gernot Roll
Editing: Patricia Rommel
Music: Niki Reiser
Cast: Sybille Canonica, Emmanuelle Laborit, Howie Seago, Sylvie Testud, Tatjana Trieb
Format: video
Running time: 109'

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.

Bavarian Film Award 1997
Chicago International Film Festival – Golden Plaque
German Film Awards 1997 – Best Leading Actress and Best Film Music
Guild Film Award 1997 from the Guild of German Art House Cinemas
Tokyo International Film Festival 1997 – Best Screenplay, Grand Prix Tokyo
Vancouver International Film Festival 1997 – Audience Award

Directors Biography
Caroline Link was born in Bad Nauheim in 1964 and studied at the University of Television & Film in Munich from 1986-1991. Her graduation film 'Sommertage' (1991) won the Kodak Award at the Hof Film Festival. Her 1996 feature debut 'Beyond Silence' was nominated in 1998 for the Oscar® for Best Foreign Language Film. Her other films include: 'Annaluise and Anton' (1999), 'Kalle der Traeumer' (TV, 1992), 'Glueck zum Anfassen' (1989), 'Bunte Blumen' (1988), and the Oscar winning 'Nowhere in Africa' (2001).

Location and screening schedule: Dance center, Wednesday, October 20th at 21.00