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The Purple Video

East Coast Premiere

Director: Halina Kliem

Germany, United States, 2019, 4 min

Shooting Format:Animation Full HD

Festival Year:2020


Genres:Text-based, Experimental, Melodrama, Poetic


Crew:Writer: Halina Kliem. Producer: Lone Wolf Films


Loop or closing credits? Set in Los Angeles, The Purple Video explores the themes of hope, love, social politics and sexuality through a female narrative of classical melodrama: A picture without pictures but motion.


About the director

Halina Kliem’s short film series called Real World has been featured at the 29th Moscow Film Festival, Videonale in Germany, as well as various exhibitions and festivals in Berlin. Her new film The Purple Video has premiered at the San Francisco International Festival of Short Films, London Short Film Festival, and Culver City Film Festival in Los Angeles and will also be part of Sunspots: New Visions of the Avant-Garde at the 29th Florida Film Festival in August 2020. She has a keen interest in the variations and gaps that occur within language and communication. Her text videos and installations dive into questions of artistic ideation and organizing one’s own work as an artist. Furthermore, she combines inner monologues or open-ended stories with questions about authentic or autobiographical content. Halina studied photography, video, and sound at Carnegie Mellon College of Fine Arts in Pittsburgh and is a graduate of the College of Fine Arts in Berlin. Her upcoming project Onesie is about anxiety and the deep desire to connect during a pandemic lockdown.

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Filmmaker's note

The Purple Video is a very personal film about intimacy, distance, and the two cities I love the most. Sometimes, things that are not easy to talk about happen, and that is when I decided to make this film. I do hope that this film will help not only viewers in a similar situation but also everyone else to transform their vulnerability into strength.

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