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Paradise: Hope

Paradies: Hoffnung

Austria | 2013 | 90 minutes | Ulrich Seidl

So her mother and aunt can leave on summer excursions, 13-year-old Melanie is shipped off to weight loss camp. There she makes unexpected new friendships, talks about sex, and develops a mad crush on the handsome camp doctor, in this surprisingly tender conclusion to the Paradise trilogy.

May 2, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Press Screening - Admission by pass only

May 23, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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May 25, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11  
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Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy concludes as it began, with divorced mother Teresa sending her daughter Melanie off to weight loss camp, but this final chapter has a lighter touch and a surprising sweetness. A chubby 13-year-old, Melanie (Melanie Lenz) is not at all excited about this drab, industrialized campground in the middle of the woods where dieticians and fitness coaches impose a boot-camp style regimen. That is, until she meets Verena (Verena Lehbauer), a ribald cabin mate who loves to share tales of her extensive sexual experience, and even sneaks Melanie into town for a spirited night of drinking and dancing. This awakens feelings within Melanie, which manifest themselves through the stomach cramps that she fakes in order to feed her infatuation with the camp doctor. While Paradise: Hope contains all the hallmarks of Seidl’s distinctive and provocative style, here he fills the story with a sensitive openness, with Melanie as a particularly poignant heroine, that provides an unexpected and refreshing finale to the series, ending on a true note of hope.

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: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz, Viviane Bartsch
Country: Austria, Germany, France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 90 minutes
Producer: Michael André, Philippe Bober, Christine Ruppert
Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematographers: Edward Lachman, Wolfgang Thaler
Editors: Christof Schertenleib
Website: http://www.coproductionoffice.eu/node/145
Filmography: Paradise: Faith (2012); 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
HasSubTitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: StrandReleasing
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