Yesterday Girl

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Yesterday Girl
Directed by Alexander Kluge
Written by Alexander Kluge
Starring Alexandra Kluge
Release dates
5 September 1966 (Venice Film Festival)
Running time
88 minutes
Country West Germany
Language German

Yesterday Girl (German: Abschied von gestern, "Farewell to Yesterday") is a 1966 New German Cinema film directed and written by Alexander Kluge. The film is based on the short story Anita G. (1962), which is also by Alexander Kluge.[1] The film tells the story of Anita G., a young East German migrant to West Germany and her struggle to adjust to her new life.[2] The film won a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival, whereas Kluge's next film, Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed even went on to win the Golden Lion, a political scandal due to its progressive leanings which resulted in no Golden Lions being awarded up to 1979.[3]



  1. ^ Kluge, Alexander. Case Histories. 1962.
  2. ^ Kluge, Alexander. Abschied von Gestern. 1966.
  3. ^ Yesterday Girl at the Internet Movie Database
Preceded by
Simon of the Desert, I Am Twenty
and Modiga Mindre Män
Special Jury Prize, Venice
tied with Chappaqua
Succeeded by
La Cina è vicina and La Chinoise