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Paradise: Faith

Paradies: Glaube

The second film of the trilogy explores religious fanaticism as self-flagellating missionary Anna Maria finds that her summer devoted to spreading the gospel is disrupted by the sudden return of her paraplegic Muslim husband, who aggressively attempts to shatter her beliefs.

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The second film of Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy follows Anna Maria (Maria Hofstatter, one of the director’s frequent collaborators), the fanatically religious self-flagellating sister of the main character from Paradise: Love, who decides to spend her vacation time doing missionary work in the suburbs of Vienna. With a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary in tow, she travels through immigrant communities imposing her beliefs on those she meets. Her work is interrupted by the surprise return of her husband Nabil (Nabil Saleh), an Egyptian Muslim who has been absent for two years and is now confined to a wheelchair. He is shocked by the change in his wife, and the two soon engage in an abrasive theological face-off. With Paradise: Faith, the director gleefully examines the hypocrisies of religious zealotry through expressive confrontation, satire, and a shockingly explicit chance encounter. But the film also shows tenderness, as the relationship between husband and wife, fractured as it may have become, is their true saving grace.


Director Biography
Ulrich Seidl is an Austrian film director, producer, and writer born in Vienna in 1952. He started his career in the ‘80s with short films and is mostly known for his films Loss Is To Be Expected (1993), Models (1998), and Dog Days (2001). In 2005, he was part of the jury at the Moscow International Film Festival. The Paradise trilogy was shot in 2012 and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Principal Cast: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Natalija Baranova, Rene Rupnik, Dieter Masur, Trude Masur
Country: Austria
Year: 2012
Running Time: 120 minutes
Producer: Ulrich Seidl
Screenplay: Veronika Franz, Ulrich Seidl
Cinematographers: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Editors: Christof Schertenleib
Website: http://www.coproductionoffice.eu/film/paradise-faith
Awards: Venice Film Festival 2012 (CinemAvvenire Award, Special Jury Prize)
Filmography: Paradise: Hope (2013); Paradise: Love (2012); Import/Export (2007); Jesus, You Know (2003); State of the Nation (2001); Dog Days (2001); Models (1998); Animal Love (1995); Loss is to be Expected (1992); Good News (1990)
Language: German
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: StrandReleasing
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