Ulrich Seidl

Michael Glawogger & Ulrich Seidl – Krieg in Wien (1989)

A film about news, life, love and death. Four days in Vienna, four days in world news.
At home children are born, the dead are washed, or people simply wait for the bus. At the same time television broadcasts very different images. A ferry sinks off the Philippines, Sadam Hussein decorates his soldiers with medals, and in Vienna a war breaks out that in reality never took place. With news reports from: Argentina, Austria, China, Cuba, Finland, France, Great Britain, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Irak, Italy, Japan, Libya, Luxemburg, Monaco, Poland, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Syria, West Germany, USA, Yugoslavia, Zaire, Zambia. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Paradies: Hoffnung AKA Paradise: Hope (2013)

The final installment in Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy, ‘Paradise: Hope’ tells the story of overweight thirteen-year-old Melanie and her first love. While her mother travels to Kenya (‘Paradise: Love’) and her aunt does missionary work (‘Paradise: Faith’), Melanie spends her summer vacation at a strict diet camp for overweight adolescents. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the camp director, a doctor forty years her senior. As the doctor struggles with the guilty nature of his desire, Melanie had imagined her paradise differently. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Tierische Liebe AKA Animal Love (1995)

In conurbations where hundreds of thousands live alongside one another, in the era of a highly technological society, in which communication has never played such a significant role, man has become lonely. Disappointed by his fellow human beings, he turns to animals. Dogs and other domestic animals serve him as companions, life partners, cuddly objects and bedfellows. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen AKA Loss Is to Be Expected (1992)

In a small Austrian village near the Czech border lives Sepp Paur, a widower. The food supply that his late wife stored in the freezer is running low. It is time for Sepp to look for another wife. He looks across the border, where the widow Paula lives. Two people, two neighboring villages. In between? The border. The film is about all these, but not only. It’s also about the loss of borders, the loss of home, the loss of youth, the loss of love. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Der Ball AKA The Prom (1982)

This short film takes us to Horn, a town in Lower Austria where Ulrich Seidl grew up. For years it has been a tradition that high school students organize the graduation prom. This isn’t only one of the town’s most important social events, but also the culmination of Carnival. Ulrich Seidl: “The Prom was the reason I was kicked out of the Film Academy. The teachers didn’t like its structure or editing, and thought that the film would hurt the Academy’s reputation.” Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Einsvierzig (1980)

The subject is a 50-year-old dwarf who stopped growing at 1 meter 40. He is fat and plays the piano strangely but the point Seidl makes is that he is like others, and you should judge him according to the same criteria you would judge them. Read More »

Ulrich Seidl – Bilder einer Ausstellung (1996)

Seidl takes his camera to an abstract-art exhibition and asks the public to comment on what they see. Some analyse the work from a strictly Freudian angle as they nibble their canapés; others can only see penises. In reality, the paintings are simply an excuse for Seidl to unmask the anguishes, fears, suspicions and sexual taboos of gathered together there. Read More »