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May 16 - June 9, 2013   Start the Festival in style with the SIFF 2013 Opening Night Gala! The evening features the Seattle premiere of Much Ado About Nothing, with director Joss Whedon and cast members Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion, and Clark Gregg scheduled to attend.

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Paradise: Love

Paradies: Liebe

With a blend of realism, social commentary, and warped humor, Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy tells the stories of three women each at a turning point. Paradise: Love travels with 50-year-old hausfrau Teresa as she becomes a "Sugar Mama" sex tourist, buying favors from Kenyan beach boys.

Schedule
May 2, 2013
Thursday
10:00 AM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Press Screening - Admission by pass only

May 21, 2013
Tuesday
6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 25, 2013
Saturday
10:00 AM AMC Pacific Place 11 Date has passed

Austrian iconoclast Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy is an epic thematic tapestry telling the story of three women, whose stories delicately crossover between films, each finding themselves at a turning point in their lives while on a journey to find happiness. The first story, Paradise: Love, follows 50-year-old divorced hausfrau Teresa, who sends her daughter to weight loss camp before heading to the Kenyan beaches for a vacation. There, a salacious friend introduces her to the world of sexual tourism, where older women become "Sugar Mamas" for strapping young beach boys. Uncomfortable at first, Teresa eventually meets Munga (Peter Kuzungu), a more sensitive suitor who seems to feel a genuine affection towards the older woman. But it soon becomes unclear who is the exploiter and who is the exploited. Seidl sets the tone for the trilogy with his signature blend of realism, social commentary, and warped humor, which combines a rich pictorial sensibility—realized by master cinematographers Wolfgang Thaler and Ed Lachmann—with mostly improvised scripts, developed in the manner of Mike Leigh. Giving a truly brave performance is lead actress Margarethe Tiesel, who embodies the tragedy of a woman looking for true romance in a society where that is the one thing money cannot buy.

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: Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Malix
Country: Austria, Germany, France
Year: 2012
Running Time: 120 minutes
Producer: Frédérique Dumas
Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematographers: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachmann
Editors: Christof Schertenleib
Website: http://www.coproductionoffice.eu/film/paradise-love
Awards: Austrian Film awards 2012 (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress)
Filmography: Paradise: Hope (2013); Paradise: Faith (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
International Sales: Coproduction Office
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