Paradise: Love

dir. Ulrich Seidl




Teresa, a fifty year old austrian housewife, travels to Kenian beaches as a sexual turist or sugar mama, as they are known over there. There, she goes from beach boy to beach boy, young prostitutes, to whom she buys love snippets, but they never fulfill their emptiness. In that place, love is nothing but a transaction, where Teresa is fighting to find havens of celebrations and tenderness.

Director / Ulrich Seidl Screenplay / Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz Cinematogrpaher / Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman Sound / Ekkehart Baumung Editing / Christof Schertenleib Production / Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion, Tatfilm, Parisienne de Production, ARTE France Cinéma Cast / Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Josphat Hamisi, Carlos Mkutano

Ficción, 120 min.

Ulrich Seidl

Vienna, 1952. Director, writer and producer. He grew up in roman catholic family. At some point in his life, he wanted to be a priest, but studied journalism and drama at the Vienna Univesity. Soon after, he studied cinematography at the Film Academy in Vienna, where he produced his fisrt shor film, One Forty. Two years later, he produced his debut feature filme, The Ball. Even though Seidl does not consider himself to be a documentalist, some of his movies blur the line between fiction and non-fiction. In 2005, he was part of the jury for the 27th Moscow Film Festival. His film, Dog Days, took three years to be filmed and took place during the hottest summed days. Among other prizes, he won de jury prize at Venice, 2001. His movie, Paradise: Love (2012), compited for the Palme d'Or at Cannes. Its sequel, Paradise: Faith, won the special jury price at the 69th edition of the Venice Film Festival.


  • 2016 – Safari
  • 2014 – In the Basement
  • 2012 – Paradise Trilogy: Love, Faith, Hope
  • 2007 – Import/Export
  • 2006 – Brother, Let Us Be Merry
  • 2004 – Our Father
  • 2003 – Jesus, You Know
  • 2002 – Sate of the Nation
  • 2001 – Dog Days
  • 1999 – Models
  • 1998 – Fun Without Limits
  • 1997 – The Bosom Friend
  • 1996 – Pictures at an Exhibition
  • 1995 – Animal Love
  • 1994 – The Last Men
  • 1992 – Loose to Be Expected
  • 1900 – Good News
  • 1982 – The Prom
  • 1980 – Only Forty

Festivales y Premios

  • 2012 Festival de Cine de Cannes
  • 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Chicago
  • 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine de Karlovy Vary
  • 2012 Festival de Cine La Rochelle
  • 2012 Festival de Cine New Horizons
  • 2012 Festival Internacional de Cine Jameson Cinefest
  • 2012 Festival de Cine Taipei Golden Horse
  • 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de Gotemburgo
  • 2013 Festival Internacional de Cine de Seattle
  • 2013 Festival de Cine de Sarajevo
  • 2013 Festival de Cine de Quebec
  • 2013 Festival de Cine de Skopje


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«Si hay una emoción que Seidl ha demostrado saber expresar a través del lenguaje cinematográfico, esa es la crueldad (. . .) En Pararíso: Amor hace como que se está dedicando a filmar una realidad que existe, que no es ficción, que está sucediendo».
– Christian G. Carlos: Cinedivergente

«En ‘Paraíso:Amor’, la cámara de Seidl asiste impasible a la imposibilidad de diálogo entre una mujer de mediana edad que busca el amor en el turismo sexual y un Otro encarnado en un Tercer Mundo destrempado sin otra salida para su supervivencia que la depredación lúbrica. El resultado es una película tan triste y brutal como verdadera, que confrma el exigente afinamiento del tono Seidl».
– Jordi Costa: Fotogramas

«Seidl constantemente obliga al espectador a sentirse incómodo. Incomodidad que surge de los paradigmas que revoluciona constantemente».
– Daniel Cholakian: Cineramaplus

La película de Seidl se nos presenta en forma de dicotomías: blanco/negro, gordo/flaco, hombre/mujer, rico/pobre (. . .) compleja, desafiante, Paraíso: amor es una cruel exploración de que tan diferente a nosotros nos podemos comportar cuandoe estamos de “vacaciones” y lo mucho que eso dilucida quien realmente somos».
– Jessica Kiang: Indiewire

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