Paradise: Faith

Paradise: Faith

Ulrich Seidl

Austria/Germany/France, 2012, 113 min., German

Eurimages Competition


In Paradise: Faith, the second film of a trilogy inaugurated by Paradise: Love, the Austrian Ulrich Seidl puts the faith issue and the yearning for love at the service of his surgical, geometric style. The film serves as a breakwater for two previous works which genres are very difficult to catalogue –Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen (1992) and Jesus, Du weisst (2003)–. In Paradies: Faith we follow Anna María during her own existential ordeal. She is an X-ray technician who thinks paradise lies with Jesus, hence her sacrifices to perform missionary works during her holidays, in order to revert Austria to the path of virtue. Her devoted life suffers a drastic change when her husband, a wheelchair-confined Egyptian, returns home after a long absence.


Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl (Vienna, 1952) is one of the most polemic yet in-demand European author on the present panorama. After studying journalism, art history and theatre, he entered the Film Academy, an institution he was asked to leave after the turmoil raised by his short film, Der Ball (1982). In 1990 he filmed his first feature film, Good News, establishing his symbols of identity: hybridisation of fiction and documentary, continuity as concatenation of tableaux where almost everything is allowed, plus a vocation to disturb audiences making them laugh or giving them a fright without interruption. Success came later with –Models (1999), Hundstage (2001), Import/Export (2007)...– as well as recognition in some prominent festivals –this same year he obtained the Grand Special Jury Prize at Venice for Paradise: Faith, award which already won in 2001 with Hundstage, that in turn was awarded the Jury Prize at Fantasporto and won at the Gijon Festival–.



2012 Paradise: Faith

2012 Paradise: Love

2007 Import/Export

2003 Jesus, Du weisst

2002 Zur Lage: Österreich in sechs Kapiteln

2001 Días perros

1999 Models

1998 Spass ohne Grenzen

1997 Der Busenfreund

1996 Tierische Liebe

1996 Bilder einer Ausstellung

1994 Die letzten Männer

1992 Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen

1990 Good News: Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern

1984 Look 84

1982 Der Ball

Paradise: Faith

Paradies: Glaube

Austria/Francia/Alemania, 2012, 113 min, Alemán.

Dirección /Direction

Ulrich Seidl

Guión / Script

Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz

Fotografía / Cinematography

Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman

Montaje / Editing

Christof Schertenleib

Sonido / Sound

Ekkehart Baumung

Producción / Producers

Ulrich Seidl

Intérpretes / Cast

Maria Hofstätter (Anna Maria),

Nabil Saleh (Annas Ehemann)

Compañía productora / Production company

Hi Film Productions, Tat Film

Compañía distribuidora / Distribution company

Golem Distribución

Martín de los Heros, 14

28008 Madrid

T. 91 559 38 36


Ventas Internacionales / International sales


Spittelberggasse 3/3

1070 Wien


T. 0699 104 478 32

F. 01 522 48 15


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