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Michael Klier was born in Karlovy Vary and lived for many years in Paris. He studied Philosophy and History in Berlin. His first film Der Riese (1983), a documentary about video surveillance, won several international prizes. Thereafter, he developed his artistic signature with films such as the award-winning Ueberall ist es besser, wo wir nicht sind (1989) and Ostkreuz (1991), Out of America (documentary, 1994), Heidi M (2001), Ein Mann boxt sich durch (2001) from 99euro-films, Farland (2004), and Age and Beauty (Alter und Schoenheit, 2008), among others.