Speechless

A Film by Robin Polák

Synopsis

A little boy walks through a toy store full of people talking a strange and incomprehensible language. Alone he bonds with a young mother who finds a way to communicate with him without words. He is going to tell her something that she was not ready to hear.

Director

  • Picture of Robin Polák © Robin Polák

    Robin Polák

    Robin Polák was born in Prag, Czech Republic. He emigrated with his parents to Germany in the early 80ies. After matriculation he worked as a runner on a German film set thereafter he became boom operator in Studio Babelsberg. 2000 he went for an internship at MTV and continued as a trainee. In this time he shot several trailer, TV-formats and shorts. After two years he became an editorial journalist. He quit MTV in 2002 and started to work as a freelance director. In 2009 he won the Young Director Award in Cannes. At the moment Robin is based in Berlin and is working as a director and writer.

Awards + Festivals

  • *CRSYTAL PUNT AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST SHORT FILM*
    36th CAMBRIDGE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, UK)October 20, 2016
  • *JURY AWARD*
    23rd INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FETSIVAL IN THE NAME OF IRENEUSZ RADŹ “PUBLICYSTYKA 2016” (Official Selection, Kędzierzyn-Koźle, Poland)October 21, 2016
  • 13th KONSTANZER KURZ.FILM.SPIELE (Official Selection, Germany)October 23, 2016
  • 1st BUCHAREST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Human Rights Section, Bucharest, Romania)November 1, 2016
  • 17th IZMIR SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Out of Competition, Izmir, Turkey)November 2, 2016
  • *BEST OF FEST AWARD*
    25th ANNUAL ST. LOUIS INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Missouri, USA)November 3, 2016
  • 17th SLEEPWALKERS SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Int'l Competition, Tallinn, Estonia)November 12, 2016
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sofia, Bulgaria)December 1, 2016
  • *PRESS JURY AWARD*
    9th AMACORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rimini, Italy)December 2, 2016
  • 10th PENTEDATTILO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Itay)December 7, 2016
  • SWEET AS FILM FESTIVAL DECEMBER’S EDITION (Official Selection, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)December 22, 2016
  • 1st CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 24, 2016
  • 11th LECCE FILM FEST - CINEMA INVISIBILE (Official Selection, Italy)December 26, 2016
  • 26th FLICKERFEST – INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sydney, Australia)January 6, 2017
  • NEWFILMMAKERS LOS ANGELES 2017 (German InFocus Program, USA)January 14, 2017
  • 8th ARTFOOLS VIDEO FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Larissa, Greece)January 20, 2017
  • JETZT ODER NIE - FILMTAGE FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2017 (Official Selection, Konstanz, Germany)January 21, 2016
  • 12th DIECIMINUTI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ceccano, Italy)January 24, 2017
  • 46th INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ROTTERDAM (Educational Programme, Netherlands)January 25, 2017
  • *OUTSTANDING FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARD*
    SNOWTOWN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Watertown, NY, USA)January 25, 2017
  • 19th SPOKANE INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Spokane, Washington, USA)January 27, 2017
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    3rd ONE-REELER SHORT FILM COMPETITION (Official Selection, Los Angeles, USA)January 28, 2017
  • 7th LOVE YOUR SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Sanford, FL, USA)February 9, 2017
  • *BEST INT’L SHORT FILM*
    15th AUDI DUBLIN INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ireland)February 16, 2017
  • 17th FILUMS - INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lahore, Pakistan)February 17, 2017
  • *WINNER OF INT’L SHORTFILM CONTEST*
    26th INT’L PALENCIA FILM FESTIVAL (Int'l Short Film Competition, Palencia, Spain)February 18, 2017
  • FILMS @ SLIFF.ZACK 2017 (Best of St. Louis Film Festival, Missouri, USA)February 20, 2017
  • 3rd FINDECOIN - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES INDEPENDIENTES (Official Selection, Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela)February 20, 2017
  • *BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE AWARD*
    RED DIRT INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Edmond, OK, USA)March 2, 2017
  • 18th BAYREUTHER FILMFEST "KONTRAST" (Official Selection, Germany)March 3, 2017
  • *HONORABLE MENTION*
    9th INTERNATIONALES MEDIENFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany)March 10, 2017
  • *BEST NARRATIVE SHORT*
    24th SAN LUIS OBISPO INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)March 14, 2017
  • 18th LANDSHUTER KURZFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)March 15, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    10th CINÉGLOBE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL AT CERN (Official Selection, Meyrin, Switzerland)March 21, 2017
  • 14th CONCOURS DE COURTS (Official Selection, Toulouse, France)March 23, 2017
  • *ADIENCE AWARD*
    FESTIVAL MICRO&FILMS (Short Film Competition, Centre Le Bournot - Aubenas, France)March 25, 2017
  • DEUTSCH-TSCHECHISCHER KULTURFRÜHLING (Screening, Tschechische Botschaft Berlin, GermanyMarch 27, 2017
  • *BEST INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM*
    41st CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ohio, USA)March 29, 2017
  • 9th GO SHORT - INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL NIJMEGEN (Educational Program, Netherlands)April 5, 2017
  • 18th ANNUAL CROSSROADS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Jackson, Mississippi, USA)April 6, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    17th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE LANZAROTE (Official Selection, Spain)April 18, 2017
  • 13th ACHTUNG BERLIN - NEW BERLIN FILM AWARD (Official Selection, Germany)April 19, 2017
  • 6th JULIEN DUBUQUE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Iowa, USA)April 20, 2017
  • *AUDIENCE AWARD*
    18th ANNUAL NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, CA, USA)April 20, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Veliko, Bulgaria)April 30, 2017
  • 8th NYC INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)May 2, 2017
  • 27th FILMKUNSTFEST MECKLENBURG-VORPOMMERN (Official Selection “Kurzfilmnacht“, Germany)May 2, 2017
  • 12th HARLEM INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Harlem, New York City, USA)May 4, 2017
  • *BEST SHORT FILM*
    CARDIFF INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Wales)May 5, 2017
  • 14th NEIßE FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany) May 9, 2017
  • 4th INTERNATIONAL MOTION FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Cyprus)May 11, 2017
  • AUSTRIAN INDEPENDENT FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vienna, Austria)May 17, 2017
  • BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Special Programme, Weimar, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 11th 20MIN|MAX INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILMFESTIVAL INGOLSTADT (Official Selection, Germany)May 25, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Varna, Bulgaria)May 29, 2017
  • 44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)June 2, 2017
  • 13th FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CINE DE CUENA (Official Selection, Santa Ana de los Cuatro Ríos de Cuenca, Ecuador)June 3, 2017
  • 19th FESTIVAL DES DEUTSCHEN FILMS MADRID (NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2017, Spain)June 6, 2017
  • 4th LITERALLY SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Houston, Texas, USA)June 14, 2017
  • 8th HYART FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Lovell, Wyoming, USA)June 15, 2017
  • 14th IN THE PALACE - INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Balchik, Bulgaria)June 24, 2017
  • 7th DORTMUNDER TRESEN-FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)July 3, 2017
  • EXPO ASTANA 2017 (Best-of-20minmax Screening, Kazakhstan)July 12, 2017
  • OPEN-AIR-SOMMERKINO 2017 (Supporting Film, Rathausmarkt Hamburg, Germany)July 25, 2017
  • "BEST OF ROLLE" DORTMUNDER TRESEN FILMFESTIVAL (Open Air, Dortmund, Germany)July 25, 2017
  • CINEWAVE INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Leipzig, Germany)August 31, 2017
  • 12th SHORTS MEXICO - FESTIVAL INTERNACIONAL DE CORTOMETRAJES MÉXICO (Int'l Showcase World Cinema Category, Mexico City, Mexico)September 6, 2017
  • 14th DC SHORTS FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Washington, USA)September 9, 2017
  • 22nd FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILM (Official Selection, Paris, France)October 4, 2017
  • 21st INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WINTERTHUR (Special Children Program "Kurze für Kleine", Switzerland)November 7, 2017

Crew

Director
Robin Polák
Director of Photography
Frank Lamm
Art Direction
Stephan Hingst
Costume Design
Silke Faber
Sound
Andreas Prescher
Editor
Katja Fischer
Sound Design
David Arnold, Frank Wiedmann
Music
Hearoes

Details

Running Time
6:47
Shooting Format
2K
Sceening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo, Dolby 5.1

Contact

PRODUCTION COMPANY

CZAR Film GmbH
Linienstrasse 158
12161 Berlin, Germany

speechless@czar.de
www.czar.de

DIRECTOR

Robin Polák
http://www.robin-polak.de