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(Lieber Karl)

Karl is the only son of a lower-middle-class family in a small town in Austria. His parents want him to have a better life and become a doctor, but their ambitions to make something out of him turn his like into a prison sentence - they block him off from the rest of the world and make him completely dependent on them. While at the university, he falls in a love with a girl and his feelings come into conflict with his pre-programmed views of the world. His parents order him to return home, but he cannot shake his new experiences and feelings of love.


Maria Knilli was born in 1959 in Graz/Austria. After studying at the Academy of Television & Film (HFF/M) in Munich from 1979-1983, she worked in numerous theaters as well as for television and film. A selection of her films include: Basisarbeit (short documentary, 1980), the award-winning Spaetvorstellung (1982), Lieber Karl (1984), Wer hat Angst vor Kommissar Maigret (TV, 1985), and Follow Me (1988), among others.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1984
Director Maria Knilli
Screenplay Maria Knilli, Wolfram Paulus
Cinematography Klaus Eichhammer
Cast Ulrich Reinthaller, Hans Brenner, Krista Stadler, Elisabeth Prohaska
Production Company Voissfilm/Mechernich for ORF/Vienna, Bayerischer Rundfunk
Length 85 min
Format 35 mm, color
Festivals Hof 1984, Munich 1985, Ophuels Festival Saarbruecken 1985, IFF Juennese 1985
Awards German Film Award 1985 for Best Director, Film Award Munich 1985, Special Prize Saarbruecken 1988, Director's Award La Val 1985, Promotion Prize of the City of Munich 1985