In the Limelight: Ulrich Seidl

11.02.2013 - Veronika Franz, Christoph Gröner, Ulrich Seidl

The masterfully provocative and often bleak depictions of the private lives of everyday people distinguish the realist filmmaking of auteur Ulrich Seidl. Seidl's emotionally troubled, sexually confused and economically stressed protagonists emerge from his staged realities which are disturbing and severe at their core. The award-winning filmmaker joins the Berlinale with a premiere of Paradise: Hope, the final film in his trilogy. In this session, Seidl discusses his working process on this triptych.


Veronika Franz

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Former journalist turned screenwriter, she has collaborated with her husband Ulrich Seidl since the script for Dog Days. They co-founded the Ulrich Seidl production company, where she is also responsible for casting and marketing decisions. She wrote the script to PARADISE: HOPE, which premiered in the 2013 Berlinale Competition. Her directorial debut, the documentary KERN, was selected for the Chicago International Film Festival.

Christoph Gröner

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Christopher Gröner is a film festival programmer and film journalist who has written for Süddeutsche Zeitung, Die Welt and the trade magazine Blickpunkt: Film, among others. He is a programmer for Filmfest München, where he handles the New German Cinema section and other world premieres. Additionally, he works as a competition programmer for the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and is a consultant on German-speaking regions for the Zurich Film Festival.

Ulrich Seidl

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Austrian film director, writer and producer. His controversial films like DOG DAYS and IMPORT/ EXPORT won numerous awards. PARADISE: HOPE, premiered in the Berlinale Competition in 2013. IT is the final part of his PARADISE trilogy, after Paradise: LOVE competed in Cannes and PARADISE: FAITH won the Special Jury Prize in Venice.