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Gabriel Barylli was born in Vienna in 1957 and attended the Max Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna. He appeared on the stage at the Burgtheater, Berlin's Schiller Theater and in Salzburg. He penned the dramatic trilogy Butterbrot, Honigmond and Abendwind, the first two parts also being adapted into novels and films. He also wrote the novels Folge dem gelben Steinweg and Schmetterling. His film appearances have included Niklaus Schilling's The Woman Without Body and the Projectionist (Die Frau ohne Koerper und der Projektionist, 1982), Axel Corti's Welcome in Vienna (1985) and Eine blassblaue Frauenschrift (1986), as well as Xaver Schwarzenberger's Gewitter im Mai (1987), and Régis Wargnier's Une Femme Française (A French Woman, 1994). He made his directorial debut in 1990 with Bread and Butter (Butterbrot), followed by Honey Moon (Honigmond, 1995), Der Todesengel (1996), On The Wings Of Love (Wer liebt, dem wachsen Fluegel, 1999), Verliebt in eine Unbekannte (TV, 1999), Ich kaufe mir einen Mann (TV, 2000), Feindliche Schwestern - Wenn aus Liebe Hass wird (TV, 2000), Anwalt des Herzens (TV, 2001), and Reise des Herzens (TV, 2001).