Paradise : Faith

by Ulrich Seidl

Austria/France/Germany, 2012, 113', colour

In "PARADISE: Faith" Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to bear the cross. For Anna Maria, an X-ray technician, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her vacation to missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue.

On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. One day, after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home. Hymns and prayers are now joined by fighting.

"PARADISE: Faith" recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love. "PARADISE: Faith" is the second film in Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE Trilogy. "PARADISE: Love," the first part, is about Anna Maria's sister Teresa, for whom paradise is to be found in more earthly love in Kenya.

 

Ulrich Seidl

 

Born 1952, Ulrich Seidl lives in Vienna, Austria. He is the director of numerous award-winning documentaries such as “JESUS, DU WEISST” (JESUS, YOU KNOW), “MODELS” (MODELS) and “TIERISCHE LIEBE” (ANIMAL LOVE). His work methods, achieving the greatest authenticity possible and showing people in the most solitary and private moments has raised intense debate. His first fiction feature, “HUNDSTAGE” (DOG DAYS) won the Grand Jury Special Prize at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and his second fiction feature film IMPORT EXPORT premiered In Competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

 

FILMOGRAPHY

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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2012
Duration: 
113'

Ulrich Seidl

 Born 1952, Ulrich Seidl lives in Vienna, Austria. He is the director of numerous award-winning documentaries such as “JESUS, DU WEISST” (JESUS, YOU KNOW), “MODELS” (MODELS) and “TIERISCHE LIEBE” (ANIMAL LOVE). His work methods, achieving the greatest authenticity possible and showing people in the most solitary and private moments has raised intense debate. His first fiction feature, “HUNDSTAGE” (DOG DAYS) won the Grand Jury Special Prize at the 2001 Venice Film Festival and his second fiction feature film IMPORT EXPORT premiered In Competition at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. 

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Austria Austria
France France
Germany Germany

In "PARADISE: Faith" Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to bear the cross. For Anna Maria, an X-ray technician, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her vacation to missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue.

On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. One day, after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home. Hymns and prayers are now joined by fighting.

"PARADISE: Faith" recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love. "PARADISE: Faith" is the second film in Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE Trilogy. "PARADISE: Love," the first part, is about Anna Maria's sister Teresa, for whom paradise is to be found in more earthly love in Kenya.

 

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PARADISE: Faith, the second film in the PARADISE TRILOGY, depicts Teresa's sister Anna Maria for whom paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her holiday to Him so that Austria may be brought back to the virtuous path: on her daily pilgrimage, she goes from house to house armed with her stock of 40cm statues so that all may worship the Virgin. But after years of absence, her husband, a Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home. Singing and praying now alternates with fighting. Seidl shows us atypical characters set in typical Viennese interiors, unveiling their authentic humanity and visceral fight against loneliness.  

 

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