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Director
Pia Marais

Filmography
1996 Loop (short)
1998 Deranged (short)
1999 Tricky People (short)
2003 17(Seventeen) (short)
2007 Die Unerzogenen/The Unpolished

Biography
She was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. Initially she studied Sculpture, then went on to Photography before realising that due to the narrative character of what she was doing, film would be the appropriate medium. Having studied Art at the Chelsea School of Art (London), the Rietveld Akademie (Amsterdam) and the KunstAkademie (Düsseldorf), she went on to study Film at the Deutsche Film-und Fernseh-Akademie (DFFB) in Berlin. She has worked in film as a casting director, assistant director and writer. The Unpolished is her first feature film.

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The Unpolished / Pia Marais

Stevie, a precocious 14-year-old girl, must cope with the instabilities of her immoderate parents.When they decide to move to a small provincial town in Germany, Stevie attempts to slip into a normal life.Whilst her parents playfully escape their responsibilities, Stevie tries to make a good impression in town, spreading stories of grandeur and claiming to be the daughter of a diplomat.Yet the good weather doesn’t last and, before long, she discovers that her parents have once more resorted to illegal means, as a way of supporting their leisurely lifestyle. It is in this atmosphere of physical and emotional destruction, that Stevie must now start to define herself and perhaps even break free.The film tells the story of a girl caught up in a complicated adult world.A world in which the child/parent roles have been washed away and responsibilities are thrown back and forth.


Director:Pia Marais
Script:Horst Markgraf, Pia Marais
Cinematography:Diego Martinez Vignatti
Editing:Daniela Boch, Mona Bräuer
Sound:Andreas Hildebrandt
Music:Jochrn Arbeit, Yoyo Röhm, Horst Markgraf -Art Direction: Petra Barchi
Costumes:Julia Koep, Juliane Brandes
With:Céci Chuh (Stevie), Birol Ünel (Axel), Pascale Schiller (Lily), Georg Friedrich (Ingmar), Joana Preiss (Louise), Joseph Malerba (Eric)
Producer:Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel
Production:Pandora Film Produktion GmbH, Germany
Production Country:Germany
Co-production:Westdeutscher Rundfunk & Südwestdeutscher Rundfunk, with the support of the MEDIA Program
Format:35mm Color
Duration:95'
Production Year:2007
Screening Schedule
JOHN CASSAVETES:Saturday, November 17, 2007 - 23:00
PAVLOS ZANNAS:Sunday, November 18, 2007 - 21:30
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