Good News: Newspaper Salesmen, Dead Dogs and Other People from Vienna

by Ulrich Seidl

Austria, 1990, 130 min., colour

In his first feature length documentary, Ulrich Seidl examines the lives of the street newspaper sellers in Vienna, a mixture of men from Turkey, India, Pakistan, Egypt and Eastern Europe, standing out in all weathers, peddling the trivial Viennese tabloids. We see their lives on the street, their cramped living quarters, their minders, the 'training' days, and the inhumane process which keeps them working endless hour for little reward.

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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Year: 
1990
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130 min.

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.

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In his first feature length documentary, Ulrich Seidl examines the lives of the street newspaper sellers in Vienna, a mixture of men from Turkey, India, Pakistan, Egypt and Eastern Europe, standing out in all weathers, peddling the trivial Viennese tabloids. We see their lives on the street, their cramped living quarters, their minders, the 'training' days, and the inhumane process which keeps them working endless hour for little reward.

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