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Michael Klier «Der Riese»
Michael Klier, «Der Riese», 1983
© Michael Klier

Germany | 82' | Videotape | Photograph: Frank Stehlin | Music: Bettina Nied | Edition / Production: Michael Klier/ ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel

 Michael Klier

born in 1943 in Karlovy Vary, studied Philosophy and History. Before he began making films himself, he acted in several films by Harun Farocki and Rudolf Thome, among others. His first film Der Riese (1983), a video documentary about video surveillance, won several international prizes. Thereafter, he developed his artistic signature with films such as Ueberall ist es besser, wo wir nicht sind (1989), Ostkreuz (1991), the documentary Out of America (1995) and Heidi M (2001). He has also directed a series of film portraits about François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Henri Alekan, Juliette Binoche and others.