Austria | 2012 | 120 minutes | Ulrich Seidl
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.
May 2, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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Press Screening - Admission by pass only
May 21, 2013
SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival
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May 25, 2013
AMC Pacific Place 11
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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.
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.
|Principal Cast:||Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Malix|
|Country:||Austria, Germany, France|
|Running Time:||120 minutes|
|Screenplay:||Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz|
|Cinematographers:||Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachmann|
|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)|
|International Sales:||Coproduction Office|