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Michael Klier

GER 1989, 78 min

Warsaw 1988. Jerzy decides to try and make his way out to the West. He hopes to wind up in the US, instead, he finds himself in Berlin doing low-skill, under-the-counter work, just barely scraping by and living on the edge. There he meets Ewa who he met before on his last day in Poland. The two grow closer. They accept all jobs but have little time for each other. Yet there are some moments of happiness until Ewa disappears without leaving an address ...

GER 1991, 81 min

The episodic story of 15-year-old Elfie, who literally and metaphorically inhabits a no-man’s-land between the two Germanies shortly after the fall of the Berlin Walll. The film deploys a neorealist aesthetic to reinforce the difficulties confronting the girl, and by inference, Germany.

GER 1983, 82 min

Michael Klier’s multi-award-winning film THE GIANT transforms the viewer into a voyeur and shows him life in a German town through the eye of surveillance cameras. To the evocative music of Mahler and Wagner, we see images of streets, airports, subway stations, department stores, banks and private houses through the ‘all-seeing’ video eye as it keeps its look-out for trouble. But it goes further than that: our constant observation must mean that our privacy is also being put at stake.
A documentary film in its purest form and at the same time a nightmarish vision of the future.

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