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A Tall Tale

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“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.

Maya Schweizer

Ireland / Germany 2017

English, French

16’ · Black/White & Colour


Written and directed by
Maya Schweizer
Director of Photography
Maya Schweizer
Maya Schweizer
Sound Design
Thomas Wallmann
Maya Schweizer
Maya Schweizer, Michele Horrigan


Maya Schweizer

Maya Schweizer, born in Paris, studied art and art history at the University of Aix-en-Provence (1995-1998). She moved to Germany and studied at the School of Visual Arts in Leipzig (HGB) (1999-2002) and at the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK) with Professor Lothar Baumgarten and graduated in 2006. Her work has been awarded and shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions worldwide.


2003 Le pigeon; video installation, 2 min. · Your destiny depends on your lucky charm ́s mood (today); 6 min. · Your destiny depends on your lucky charm ́s mood (today); 8 min. 2004 Tunnel; 4 min. · Pas de Pique-Nique à St Marc; 2 min. · Encore la plage; 10 min. · Annaba, Algerie, 2004; 13 min. 2005 Une collection; 4 min. · Zone assignée; 30 min. · La Récréation; 6 min. · Après le maquis; 4 min. 2006 Rien du tout; 30 min. · 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 Sous les Jardins, Villa Torlonia, 2014; 4 min. · La Main Seule; 3 min. · I, an Archeologist; 20 min. · Der sterbende Soldat von Les Milles (Le Soldat mourant des Milles); 13 min. 2016 Texture of Oblivion; 18 min. 2017 A Tall Tale

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2017

Produced by

Maya Schweizer

Askeaton Contemporary Arts