Paradise: Love

Original title

Paradies: Liebe

Country

Austria, Germany, France

Duration

120

Year

2013

Director

Ulrich Seidl

Screenwriter

Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz

DOP

Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman

Editor

Christof Schertenleib

Cast

Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Josphat Hamisi, Carlos Mkutan

Producer

Ulrich Seidl

Production company

Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, Tatfilm, Parisienne de Production

Festivals and awards

Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Int’l Film Festival, Karlovy Vary Int’l Film Festival, Chicago Int’l Film Festival, Göteborg Film Festival, Viennale (Vienna Film Prize for Feature Film), Austrian Film Award (Best Feature Film, Best Sctress, Best Director)

On the beaches of Kenya they’re known as “sugar mamas” — European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian, travels to this vacation paradise, moving from beach to beach, from one disappointment to another. The first part of Seidl’s Paradise trilogy tells us about sex tourism, older women and young men, Europe and Africa, power relations, and the exploited, who have no choice but to exploit others.

Ulrich Seidl is an Austrian screenwriter and filmmaker. He began his career as an awarded documentarist.  Best known by his films Dog Days (Venice 2001 – special jury award), Import/Export (2007) and the particularly acclaimed Paradise trilogy. 

Thursday 29/07 at 16:00, cinema Bauer

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