by J. Jackie Baier
Germany/Lithuania 2013, 89 min
A story of uprootedness and belonging.
Of self-discovery and rage.
What exactly would drive a boy from art school to leave his home in Klaipeda/Lithuania, to end up as a girl selling her body in the streets of Berlin, in sweaty back rooms, and on the sticky seats of a porn movie theater?
For more than 10 years photographer and filmmaker J. Jackie Baier follows transsexual Julia K. from Klaipeda/Lithuania through her uncompromising life as a hooker, outlaw and nonconformist.
Cast & Crew
Julia Krivickas, W. Lerch, R. Orzichovskis
Gamma Bak Filmproduktion, J. Jackie Baier Filmproduktion, Just A Moment
World Premiere: Venice Days 2013
International Premiere: Göteborg IFF 2014
Latin American Premiere: Guadalajara IFF 2014
Jury Award and Press Jury Award for Best Documentary - Side by Side IFF 2014
Best Documentary - Queer Lisboa 2014
Special Mention - Premio Maguey - Guadalajara IFF 2014
Best Doc - Outview FF 2014
Best International Documentary Feature - Tel Aviv LGBT IFF 2014
Honorable Mention for Best Documentary - Oslo/Fusion IFF 2015
J. Jackie Baier
Born on May 3, 1955, in Kiel; Abitur (General Qualification for University Entrance) in Hamburg. Attended the Universities of Hamburg, Bochum and Essen.
1982: Master of Arts in Literature and Linguistics at the University of Essen. Thesis topic: The Notion of Fantasy in the Films of Alexander Kluge. Following graduation, work as unit and production manager for (among others) OASE Film (Essen), PANORAMA FILM (Berlin), and CALYPSO (Cologne).
After 1988, assistant director for film and television productions for, among others, Peter von Zahn, Michael Lentz, and Adolf Winkelmann.
Throughout the 1980s: Continual involvement in the independent film and media scene of West Germany. J. Jackie Baier developed numerous projects, and produced and directed documentaries and short films (most of them in Super-8), including the feature-length compilation film Die Mission – Film vom Frieden uns seiem Krieg / The Mission – Film of Peace and its War, which premiered at the International Forum of the 1983 Berlinale.
Baier then directed documentary films for the public television broadcasting station WDR and wrote and directed two full-length films, Die Splitter der Eisbombe / Splitters of the Ice Bomb (1985) and Frühstück für Feinde / Breakfast for Enemies (1988), for the public television broadcasting station ZDF.
Moved to Berlin in 1993. Since 1997, Johanna Jackie Baier is officially a woman. Since her sex change, she has continued working as a director of TV series and independent short films and documentaries.
Since 1999, she has put increased emphasis on her freelance photography and has also participated in numerous exhibitions and art fair presentations.
In 2006/7, J. Jackie Baier presented a selection of 20 photo works and a short film as part of the group exhibition SEX WORK (Neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst, Berlin).
2009: Artist in Residence, Copenhagen/Denmark (DIVA Programme of the Danish Arts Council).
2011: Baier’s feature-length nightlife documentary House of Shame / Chantal All Night Long premiered at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)
2013: World premiere of the feature documentary JULIA at the 10th Edition of the Venice Days / Giornate degli Autori as part of the program of the 70th Venice International Film Festival.