Johanna Jackie Baier | Julia (World Premiere: 70. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/La Biennale di Venezia, 31.08.2013)
It was all about the photos.
With Julia it was clear from the very beginning that I just had to photograph her. The other way around was also clear from the start: that she likes being photographed. It offers her confirmation, initially, of her beauty — forever. Later, that she was there; the photos are proof that she lived. And today, the photos sometimes appear to be, for her, as reason or pretext for someone to come by and look for her.
Or is it the other way around - am I the one who needs the pretext? Do I need confirmation?
Who’s following whom?
(directors‘ / photographers‘ statement 2013)
“JULIA by J. Jackie Baier World Premiere August 31, 2013
World sales: M-Appeal
An all too human story of passion, abasement, self-discovery, and rage directed at the whole world. What exactly makes a boy leave home and his country, Lithuania, to wind up dressed in women´s clothes on the streets of Berlin, selling his own body for money? For over ten years photographer and filmmaker J. Jackie Baier spent her days and nights alongside the transsexual Julia K., filming the life and thought of a self-appointed outlaw and guerrilla fighter in the war of life. A film that can´t be pigeonholed, the unfiltered vision of a raw, extreme reality, Julia marks a milestone in reality cinema, with the camera no longer a simple eye-witness but an accomplice or first-hand observer of a person whose identity defies all labels.”
(from: catalog Venice-Days/Giornate degli Autori within the official program of 70. Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica/Biennale di Venezia, Venice/Italy, 2013)