Models

by Ulrich Seidl

Austria, 1998, 118', colour



Vivian is blond and would do anything to be a cover girl, but her breasts are too small. Lisa is blond too - and her breasts are enlarged. She lives alone but hates it. Tanja is also blond, and is incapable of saying “I love you”. And these are her problems. A revealing and devastating portrait of a trio of aspiring real-life Viennese models.

Reviews

"Seidl shoots with the eye of Diane Arbus."
VILLAGE VOICE

"[Seidl] is a documentarian in the tradition of Luis Buñuel (Land Without Bread) and Werner Herzog. He is an artist whose realistic, unsparing films about ‘ordinary’ people leading terrible lives have a whiff of the surreal."
Michael Wilmington, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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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

Vivian Bartsch - Herself
Tanja Petrtovsky - Herself
Lisa Grossmann - Herself
Elvyra Geyer - Herself
Peter Baumann - Himself

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Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl
Country of Production: Austria
Year completed: 1998
Producers: Kurt J. Mrkwicka
Production Companies: MR-FILM GmbH
Director of Photography: Hans Selikovsky, Jerzy Palacz
Editing: Christof Schertenleib
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung, Helmuth Junker, Bruno Pisek
Casting: Eva Roth



 

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Documentary
Original Language: German
Subtitles Language: English
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 25 frames/second
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 2140 m

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Festivals

MAIN AWARDS

Sarajevo 1999, Audience Award
Austrian TV Awards 2001, Best Film

 

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Year: 
1998
Duration: 
118'

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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Vivian is blond and would do anything to be a cover girl, but her breasts are too small. Lisa is blond too - and her breasts are enlarged. She lives alone but hates it. Tanja is also blond, and is incapable of saying “I love you”. And these are her problems. A revealing and devastating portrait of a trio of aspiring real-life Viennese models.

Reviews: 

"Seidl shoots with the eye of Diane Arbus."VILLAGE VOICE"[Seidl] is a documentarian in the tradition of Luis Buñuel (Land Without Bread) and Werner Herzog. He is an artist whose realistic, unsparing films about ‘ordinary’ people leading terrible lives have a whiff of the surreal."Michael Wilmington, THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE

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Vivian is blond and would do anything to be a cover girl, but her breasts are too small. Lisa is blond too - and her breasts are enlarged. She lives alone but hates it. Tanja is also blond, and is incapable of saying "I love you". And these are her problems. A revealing and devastating portrait of a trio of aspiring real-life Viennese models.

Cast details: 

Vivian Bartsch - Herself
Tanja Petrtovsky - Herself
Lisa Grossmann - Herself
Elvyra Geyer - Herself
Peter Baumann - Himself

Crew / Technical Info: 

Crew

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl
Country of Production: Austria
Year completed: 1998
Producers: Kurt J. Mrkwicka
Production Companies: MR-FILM GmbH
Director of Photography: Hans Selikovsky, Jerzy Palacz
Editing: Christof Schertenleib
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung, Helmuth Junker, Bruno Pisek
Casting: Eva Roth



 

Technical Information

Category: Feature Film / Documentary
Original Language: German
Subtitles Language: English
Format: 35mm / colour
Screen Ratio: 1:1.66
Speed: 25 frames/second
Number of Reels: 6
Footage: 2140 m

Pressbook: 

 

Download pressbook

Download pictures:

 

Festivals: 

MAIN AWARDS

Sarajevo 1999, Audience Award
Austrian TV Awards 2001, Best Film

 

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