Film Comment Selects: Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise Trilogy

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Paradise: Love starts its theatrical run at Film Society on April 26!

Join Film Comment magazine for a discussion with controversial Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl following a two-night screening of Paradise: Love (2012), Paradise: Faith (2012) and Paradise: Hope (2013). The overlapping narratives invite us to empathize with, rather than judge, three women from the same family who seek fulfillment—and risk abjection—in widely divergent forms.

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Paradise: Love (Trilogy)

Paradise: Love (Trilogy)

Ulrich Seidl | 2012 | 120 mins

Introduction by director Ulrich Seidl and star Margarethe Tiesel!

Inexperienced middle-aged sex tourist Teresa (Margarethe Tiesel) travels to a luxurious Kenyan holiday resort looking for carnal satisfaction, but soon discovers that her adventure in exotic sexual gratification comes at a price.

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Paradise: Faith (Trilogy)

Paradise: Faith (Trilogy)

Ulrich Seidl | 2012 | 112 mins

Cinematographer Ed Lachman in person for Q&A!

The daily routine of devout Catholic Anna Maria (Seidl regular Maria Hofstätter) is interrupted by the return of her estranged, wheelchair-bound husband, whose background puts a whole new spin on her religious devotion and launches a deadpan, tit for tat grudge match.

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Paradise: Hope (Trilogy)

Paradise: Hope (Trilogy)

Ulrich Seidl | 2013 | 100 mins

Ulrich Seidl in person for a post-screening conversation about his Paradise trilogy!

In this unsentimental and unconventional coming of age narrative, Seidl concludes his trilogy by circling back to the realm of sexuality with the story of Teresa’s overweight 13-year-old daughter Melanie (Melanie Lenz), who has been shipped off to a weight-loss camp in the countryside while her mother vacations in Kenya.

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