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Yesterday Girl (Abschied von Gestern)

Yesterday Girl

Anita G. is a young East German woman who comes to West Germany in hopes of a better life. With no real home and no job, she gets into trouble with the law when she steals and is sent to prison. After her sentence, she has difficulty adjusting to life in a new society. Her probation officer tries to help her, but Anita fails in every job, continues to lie and steal, and becomes a wandering gypsy. She then falls in love with a civil servant and feels a sense of security with him, until she is recognized on the street one day by a woman she betrayed. The woman forces Anita to admit her guilt. Eventually her relationship to the civil servant becomes a burden to him. Anita becomes pregnant, but is cast away by her married lover. Although he likes her, he realizes that he cannot really help her. Homeless and unable to deal with it all, she voluntarily goes to prison to find a shelter to have her baby.
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1965
Director Alexander Kluge
Screenplay Alexander Kluge
Cinematography Thomas Mauch, Edgar Reitz
Beate Mainka-Jellinghaus
Cast Peter Staimmer, Kaethe Ebner, Josef Kreindl, Ado Riegler, Palma Falck, Edith Kuntze-Pellogio, Hans Korte, Alexandra Kluge, Hans Brammer
Producer Alexander Kluge
Production Companies Independent-Film/Berlin, Kairos Film
Length 88 min
Format 35 mm, b&w
Original Version
 German
Subtitled Versions English, French, Spanish
Sound Technology Optical
Festivals Venice 1966, Moscow 2004 (Retrospective), Pusan 2004, Kolkata 2019
Awards 8 awards in Venice 1966 including the Special Jury Prize, German Film Award 1967