Jenseits der Stille
Film poster
Directed byCaroline Link
Written by
  • Caroline Link
  • Beth Serlin
Produced by
CinematographyGernot Roll
Edited byPatricia Rommel
Music byNiki Reiser
Release date
  • 19 December 1996 (1996-12-19)
Running time
112 minutes
Box office$11.5 million[1]

Beyond Silence (German: Jenseits der Stille) is a 1996 German film directed by Caroline Link. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 70th Academy Awards.[2]


The film tells the story of Lara, who grows up as the daughter of deaf parents, Martin and Kai. Lara herself is hearing and is fluent in sign language. Even as a young child, she serves as an interpreter for her parents in many situations, such as credit negotiations at the bank as well as her own parent-teacher conference, although not always completely truthfully.

Lara receives a clarinet for Christmas from Clarissa, her father's sister and an enthusiastic musician. Lara discovers the world of music, where her parents cannot follow her. In the years that follow, she is discovered to be a talented clarinet player. When 18-year-old Lara wants to study at a music conservatory in Berlin, the family seems to break apart. Lara finds love in Berlin with a teacher of deaf children.

After Kai is killed in a bicycle accident, Lara's grieving father feels abandoned. Lara bounces from family home, to her aunt's, her uncle's before returning to her childhood home. The ending seems to reconcile it all: Martin tries to understand the love of music that his daughter feels, and the film comes to a careful reunion between him and Lara.



Beyond Silence has an 83% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes.[3]


Year Award Category Recipient Result
1997 Bavarian Film Awards Best Director Caroline Link Won
Best Film Score Niki Reiser Won
Chicago International Film Festival Special Mention Caroline Link Won
Best Film Caroline Link Nominated
Deutscher Filmpreis Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Sylvie Testud Won
Best Editing Niki Reiser Won
Outstanding Feature Film Caroline Link Won
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role Emmanuelle Laborit Nominated
Best Direction Caroline Link Nominated
Guild of German Art House Cinemas German Film Caroline Link Won
Palm Springs International Film Festival Best Foreign Language Film Caroline Link Nominated
Tokyo International Film Festival Best Screenplay Award Caroline Link Won
Tokyo Grand Prix Caroline Link Won
Vancouver International Film Festival Most Popular Film Caroline Link Won
Young Artist Award Best Family Feature - Foreign Caroline Link Nominated
Best Performance in a Foreign Film Tatjana Trieb Nominated
1998 Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film Caroline Link Nominated
National Board of Review Top Foreign Films Caroline Link Won

See also


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  2. ^ "The 70th Academy Awards (1998) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 13 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Beyond Silence (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 10 January 2017.