Dog Days

by Ulrich Seidl

Austria, 2001, 120', colour



During the dog days of summer, the days are lazy and melancholic, spent lounging in underpants and bikinis; the nights, steeped in sex, song and alcohol unleash a fury of violence and raw emotions.

Reviews

"DOG DAYS is an acid portrait of contemporary Austria (and by extension, the whole middle class) as unspeakably dull, violent and stupid. The film itself, miraculously, is just the opposite: vibrantly inventive, aesthetically rigorous, sardonic and occasionally quite brilliant. (...) Like an “American Beauty” landscape unredeemed by the slightest spiritual impulse. A shocker (...) swinging from black humour to cruelty in the blink of an eye."
Deborah Young, VARIETY

"Almost constantly fascinating."
Gérard Delorme, PREMIERE

"It is simply so distinctive, and in its very horrible way, such remarkable filmmaking, that it compels adoration."
Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"Seidl treats the chemistry of human relationships like a cancer, an enormous growth that, unchecked, leads to disease (...) But Seidl has done something that sits in your head: his movie feels both flamboyant and deadpan. DOG DAYS achieves a verisimilitude that most directors would envy, Seidl has made an engrossing and disturbing film."
Elvis Mitchell, NEW YORK TIMES

"The shots are perfect and aesthetic, the weather is nice, the grass is green, the supermarkets are full of people... But do not be fooled, this is hell. (...) Rarely does one see such control, such efficiency, such simplicity."
Antoine de Baecque, LIBERATION

"Admirable and well-made, DOG DAYS is an unblinking look at what passes in some minds as everyday life and in others as human misery."
Robert Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

 

"Ulrich Seidl pitilessly, yet artistically depicts the self aware mediocrity of his fellow Austrians. (...) We can not ignore the plastic and surreal impact of these stylized visions. (…) A certain beauty pervades, a hidden but precious humanity."
Vincent Ostria, LES INROCKUPTIBLES


 

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Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl, born 1952 in Vienna (Austria), is director, author and producer. He started his career with award-winning documentaries such as „Good News“ (1990), „Animal Love“ (1995) and „Models“ (1998). Seidl's first feature film „Dog Days“ won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. „Import Export“ (2007), the first film to be produced by his own production company, was invited to Cannes competition. Subsequently, the three films of his successful and multiple-award-winning „PARADISE“- Trilogy (2012) had their premiere in the competitions of the world's most important film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlin. „PARADISE: Faith“ got the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. His new work „In the Basement“ (2014) is an essay film about Austrians and their relationship to their cellars and will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

FILMOGRAPHY

2013 PARADISE : HOPE, Fiction, 91 min.
2012 PARADISE : FAITH, Fiction, 90 min.
2012 PARADISE : LOVE, Fiction, 120 min.
2007 IMPORT EXPORT, Fiction, 141 min.
2003 JESUS, YOU KNOW, Documentary, 87 min.
2002 A STATE OF THE NATION: AUSTRIA IN 6 CHAPTERS,             Documentary, 87 min.
2001 DOG DAYS, Fiction, 121 min.
1999 MODELS, Fiction, 118 min.
1998 SPASS OHNE GRENZEN, Documentary, 45 min.
1997 THE BOSOM FRIEND, Documentary, 60 min.
1996 ANIMAL LOVE, Documentary, 120 min.
1996 BILDER EINER AUSSTELLUNG, Documentary, 45 min.
1994 THE LAST REAL MEN, Documentary, 60 min.
1992 LOSSES TO BE EXPECTED, Documentary, 118 min.

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Cast

Maria Hofstätter - The hitchhiker
Alfred Mrva - Security Guard
Erich Finsches - Old Man
Gerti Lehne - Housekeeper
Franziska Weiß - Young Girl
René Wanko - Friend
Claudia Martini - The Ex-Wife
Victor Rathbone - The Ex-Husband
Christine Jirku - Masseur
Victor Hennemann - Teacher
Georg Friedrich - The Lover

Crew / Technical Info

Crew

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Country of Production: Austria
Year Completed: 2001
Producers: Helmut Grasser, Philippe Bober
Production Companies: Allegro Film
Director of Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editing: Andrea Wagner, Christof Schertenleib
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35 mm (blown up from 16mm) / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 25 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of Reels: 7
Footage: 3311 m

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Festivals

 

PREMIERE

Venise 2001, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2001, Grand Jury Prize
Gijón 2001, Best Feature Film
Bratislava 2002, Jury Award & FIPRESCI Prize
Bergen 2002, Jury Prize

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Awards 2001, Discovery of the Year

Pressbook

Downloads: pictures
 


 

 

 

Year: 
2001
Duration: 
120'

Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl, born 1952 in Vienna (Austria), is director, author and producer. He started his career with award-winning documentaries such as „Good News“ (1990), „Animal Love“ (1995) and „Models“ (1998). Seidl's first feature film „Dog Days“ won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. „Import Export“ (2007), the first film to be produced by his own production company, was invited to Cannes competition. Subsequently, the three films of his successful and multiple-award-winning „PARADISE“- Trilogy (2012) had their premiere in the competitions of the world's most important film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlin. „PARADISE: Faith“ got the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. His new work „In the Basement“ (2014) is an essay film about Austrians and their relationship to their cellars and will have its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.

Poster: 
Country: 
Austria Austria



During the dog days of summer, the days are lazy and melancholic, spent lounging in underpants and bikinis; the nights, steeped in sex, song and alcohol unleash a fury of violence and raw emotions.

Reviews: 

"DOG DAYS is an acid portrait of contemporary Austria (and by extension, the whole middle class) as unspeakably dull, violent and stupid. The film itself, miraculously, is just the opposite: vibrantly inventive, aesthetically rigorous, sardonic and occasionally quite brilliant. (...) Like an “American Beauty” landscape unredeemed by the slightest spiritual impulse. A shocker (...) swinging from black humour to cruelty in the blink of an eye."Deborah Young, VARIETY"Almost constantly fascinating."Gérard Delorme, PREMIERE"It is simply so distinctive, and in its very horrible way, such remarkable filmmaking, that it compels adoration."Peter Bradshaw, THE GUARDIAN

"Seidl treats the chemistry of human relationships like a cancer, an enormous growth that, unchecked, leads to disease (...) But Seidl has done something that sits in your head: his movie feels both flamboyant and deadpan. DOG DAYS achieves a verisimilitude that most directors would envy, Seidl has made an engrossing and disturbing film."Elvis Mitchell, NEW YORK TIMES"The shots are perfect and aesthetic, the weather is nice, the grass is green, the supermarkets are full of people... But do not be fooled, this is hell. (...) Rarely does one see such control, such efficiency, such simplicity."Antoine de Baecque, LIBERATION"Admirable and well-made, DOG DAYS is an unblinking look at what passes in some minds as everyday life and in others as human misery."Robert Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES 

"Ulrich Seidl pitilessly, yet artistically depicts the self aware mediocrity of his fellow Austrians. (...) We can not ignore the plastic and surreal impact of these stylized visions. (…) A certain beauty pervades, a hidden but precious humanity."Vincent Ostria, LES INROCKUPTIBLES 

Trailer / Extracts: 
Synopsis: 

During the dog days of summer the days are lazy and melancholy, spent lounging in underpants and bikinis; the nights, steeped in sex, song and alcohol unleash a fury of violence and raw emotions.

Cast details: 

Maria Hofstätter - The hitchhiker
Alfred Mrva - Security Guard
Erich Finsches - Old Man
Gerti Lehne - Housekeeper
Franziska Weiß - Young Girl
René Wanko - Friend
Claudia Martini - The Ex-Wife
Victor Rathbone - The Ex-Husband
Christine Jirku - Masseur
Victor Hennemann - Teacher
Georg Friedrich - The Lover

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Country of Production: Austria
Year Completed: 2001
Producers: Helmut Grasser, Philippe Bober
Production Companies: Allegro Film
Director of Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editing: Andrea Wagner, Christof Schertenleib
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Fiction
Original Language: German
Format: 35 mm (blown up from 16mm) / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 25 frames/second
Sound: Dolby SR
Number of Reels: 7
Footage: 3311 m

Pressbook: 

Downloads: pictures
 


 

 

 

Festivals: 

 

PREMIERE

Venise 2001, Competition

MAIN AWARDS

Venice 2001, Grand Jury Prize
Gijón 2001, Best Feature Film
Bratislava 2002, Jury Award & FIPRESCI Prize
Bergen 2002, Jury Prize

MAIN SELECTIONS

European Film Awards 2001, Discovery of the Year

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