She was born in Germany. She experienced war and her work is deaply marked with it. She made documentaries dealing with social critic. She directed reports for German channels and feature films. Sous les pavés, la plage is about May 68 generation, its wills and doubts. She directed Les noces de shirin, on a young Turkish woman who flees tradition and imigrates in Germany.
In 1977, she made a portrait of writer Heinrich von Kleist. She worked with directors like Corbucci and Pasolini. Her film Allemagne, mère blafarde is her most famous work. Clara is about relationships between three lovers: Clara and robert schumann, and Johannes Brahms.