Paradise: Hope

Austria, Germany, France, 2013г., 92 min


Ulrich Seidl

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.

About The Film

In the third part of his 'paradise' trilogy Seidl pits the deep-seated human desire for love and security against harsh reality. From the sterile surroundings of the diet camp, Seidl filters impeccably pristine, minimalist images in which any hint of sensuality, passion or anarchy would appear to be a complete anathema. PARADISE: HOPE is the most tender of the three ‘paradise’ films, for his young protagonists bear within them a spark of hope that love is not just an illusion, but can be an honest and powerful emotion.

2012: Berlin International Film Festival – The Official Competition
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Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl is the director of numerous award-winning documentaries such as JESUS, YOU KNOW, MODELS and ANIMAL LOVE. His work methods include achieving the greatest possible authenticity and showing people in the most solitary and personal moments – has aroused intense debate. His first fiction feature DOG DAY won the Grand Jury Special Prize at the 2001 Venice IFF. Seidl’s second feature film IMPORT/EXPORT has been sold to 20 countries. 

Selected filmography

2013 Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung)

2012 Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube)

2012 Paradise: Love (Paradies: Liebe)

2007 Import/Export

2003 Jesus, You Know (Jesus, Du weißt)

2001 State Of The Nation (Zur Lage)

2001 Dog Days (Hundstage)

1998 Models

1995 Animal Love (Tierische Liebe)

1992 Losses To Be Expected (Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen)

1990 Good News – On Newspaper Vendors, Dead Dogs and other Viennese (Good News – Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern)