Paradise : Hope

by Ulrich Seidl

Austria/France/Germany, 2012, colour

  PARADISE: Hope, the third film in the PARADISE TRILOGY, tells the story of the 13-year-old Melanie. While her mother (Teresa) travels to Kenya, Melanie spends her holiday in the Austrian countryside at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Under the supervision of a tattooed trainer and a creepy doctor, the teenagers attempt to do sports during the day and secretly get drunk in the evening. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior.   

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

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

  PARADISE: Hope, the third film in the PARADISE TRILOGY, tells the story of the 13-year-old Melanie. While her mother (Teresa) travels to Kenya, Melanie spends her holiday in the Austrian countryside at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Under the supervision of a tattooed trainer and a creepy doctor, the teenagers attempt to do sports during the day and secretly get drunk in the evening. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior.   

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