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Thomas Arslan

“In the main narrative of my films, I don’t like to lay out the backstory through dialogue — I prefer a suggestive approach. I don’t feel the need to reveal every single detail. The viewers need to join the pieces together for themselves.”

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    Christian Petzold Germany, 1991

    Christian Petzold’s second film is his only documentary thus far, made with the help of fellow “Berlin School” auteur Thomas Arslan. Interviewing residents of former East Germany about economic change, the director probes a subject that would serve as an undercurrent to his later genre masterpieces.

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