In some ways, our lives are the stories we make up about ourselves to tell other people. The way we narrativize our lives becomes apparent each time we meet someone new. "Nothing Personal" is the unfolding of events surrounding two people who refuse to share any personal information about their past lives with each other, living instead in the present moment and building trust based on actions alone.
A young Dutch woman (Lotte Verbeek) leaves her former life behind and journeys into Ireland. She meets a lonely, mysterious man (Stephen Rea) living in isolation on a remote island. Instead of learning each other's names, they simply address each other as "you." With sparse dialogue, small punctuations of diegetic music, and a rich layering of natural sounds, the two characters' drama quietly plays out against the moist, misty backdrop of the Irish landscape. Filmed on location in County Galway in Ireland, "Nothing Personal" is a Dutch-Irish co-production.
Urszula Antoniak wrote and directed "Nothing Personal," taking the Silver Leopard for Best First Film at the Locarno International Film Festival in Switzerland. There, Verbeek was also awarded the prize for Best Actress.
ASHLEY SMITH

Title
Nothing Personal
Director
Urszula Antoniak
Country
Ireland, Netherlands
Length
84 min
Festival
2009
Section
Competition
Language
Dutch, English
Subtitle
English
Production year
2009
Cast
Stephen Rea, Lotte Verbeek
Producer
Reinier Selen, Edwin van Meurs
Script
Urszula Antoniak
Music
Ethan Rose

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