The Giant (Der Riese), Michael Klier, 81‘, FRG, ZDF 24.2.1983, No dialogue

The ZDF application for approval of treatment says: “We expect a film which, in terms of its theme, evokes almost apocalyptic visions of this world.” The director writes: “The film is about observing, about glances that see without being seen, a dubious art of light and visibility.” In his essay film The Giant, Michael Klier creates a symphony of images from remote-controlled cameras, of music and sounds of surveillance with a view to the coming year 1984 and George Orwell’s novel of the same name. What at the time alluded to a newly dawning media future has only four decades later caught up with our reality as regards CCTV, smart home security and AI- generated image production. A film from the past posing questions to the present.

Michael Klier (*1943) is a German film director who makes documentary essays and film portraits as well as feature films. These have received numerous awards, including in Locarno and the German, Hessian and Bavarian Film Awards. For Das kleine Fernsehspiel, he made The Grass is Greener Everywhere Else (1989), Ostkreuz (1991) as well as the essayistic documentary film The Giant (1983) and En Passant (1984), both of which featured in the Berlinale Forum.