Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain (1993)
56 min, Hi 8.
Collaboration with Steven Kovats. Created as a response to an invitation to make a film about the legacy of the Kulturpalast Bitterfeld in the former Federal Republic of Germany. After the dramatic changes brought on by unification, this enormous theatre complex stands virtually empty, one of the many unwanted reminders of the recent past. Its future uncertain, it hovers, a time capsule from another era.
Intermingling archival footage, interviews , and fictional material, the film creates a dreamlike atmosphere that captures the air of uncertainty and denial prevalent in the former East Germany. Interviews with both East and West Germans and their connections to the culture palace touch on the social and political realities of a newly unified Germany.