A Tall Tale

“A thin crack extending from the roof, down the front of the building, and into the adjacent lake,” notes the narrator as he arrives at the House of Usher, thus opening up a parallel between the Irish setting of Maya Schweizer’s cinematic association and Edgar Allan Poe’s classic tale of horror. Orson Welles and other cinematic ghosts seem to lead the spectator of A Tall Tale onwards, passing through a landscape of ruins and films and ruins of films that evoke phantoms and fairies.
by Maya Schweizer Ireland / Germany 2017 English, French 16’ Black/White & Colour


Written and Directed by Maya Schweizer
Cinematography Maya Schweizer
Editing Maya Schweizer
Sound Design Thomas Wallmann
Sound Maya Schweizer
Producers Maya Schweizer, Michele Horrigan

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Maya Schweizer

Askeaton Contemporary Arts

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Maya Schweizer

Maya Schweizer studied art and art history in Aix-en-Provence, at the Academy of Fine Arts Leipzig (HGB), and at the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin. Schweizer works in different media, with a particular focus on experimental documentary. She has had numerous solo exhibitions and has shown her work in group exhibitions and at biennials. Her videos have been selected for numerous festivals and events. In 2017 her short film A Tall Tale was shown at Forum Expanded. Schweizer works in Germany and France.

Filmography (selection)

2003 Le pigeon; video installation, 2 min. · Your destiny depends on your lucky charm's mood (today); 8 min. 2004 Encore la plage; 10 min. 2005 Après le maquis; 4 min. · La Récréation; 6 min. · Une collection; 4 min. 2006 Metropolis, Report from China; 42 min. 2007 Passing Down, Frame One; 11 min. 2008 From the Classroom; video installation, 6 min. · La corsa del venditore; 8 min. 2009 Before the Rehearsal; 16 min. 2010 Au dos de la carte postale; video installation, 16 min. 2012 A Memorial, a Synagogue, a Bridge and a Church; 12 min. 2014 I, an Archeologist; 20 min. · La Main Seule; 3 min. · Le Soldat mourant des Milles (The Dying Soldier of Les Milles); 13 min. · Sous les Jardins, Villa Torlonia; 4 min. 2016 Texture of Oblivion; 18 min. 2017 A Tall Tale; 16 min., Forum Expanded 2017 2018 Regarde par ici,... (Und dort die Puschkinallee); 25 min. 2019 Insolite; 12 min. · L’Étoile de Mer (The Starfish); 12 min. 2020 Voices and Shells

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2022