We warmly congratulate Wolfgang Thaler, Ulrich Seidl's longtime cameraman and collaborator, and his son Sebastian Thaler on being awarded with 2017 Diagonale Award for Cinematography for their work on UGLY. The film was directed by Juri Rechinsky and produced by Novotny & Novotny in coproduction with Pronto Film and Ulrich Seidl Filmproduction.
The jury explained their decision as follows:
"In a fragmentary film with sparse dialogue, and in which little is discussed, the visual language assumes an important part of the narrative. In Ugly, with its distant tableaux and intense closeups, the viewer is given a lot of space. Through the symbiosis of spontaneous and unaffected but at the same time extremely composed images, the film develops an irresistible pull. Through the diversity of its subjects, lighting moods and compositions and its ever startling, new points of view, the film is in constant motion, despite its calm narrative surface."
We at Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion mourn the loss of Christine Jirku (1945 – 2017), the actress who delivered a harrowing performance in “Dog Days” (2001) alongside Georg Friedrich and Victor Hennemann, and who was slated to appear in Ulrich Seidl's next film "Böse Spiele" (unofficial title: Nasty Games). She died unexpectedly last Tuesday after a short but serious illness.
Christine Jirku was a member of the Landestheater Niederösterreich, where she last appeared in the production of "Lights in the Dusk," the Nestroy Theatre Prize-winning adaptation of Aki Kaurismäki's movie.
Born in Vienna in 1945, Christine Jirku graduated from the Krauss Acting School and also studied singing and dancing. She has appeared at the Volkstheater Wien, Theater in der Josefstadt and the Schauspielhaus Wien, among many other venues, and also staged and performed in numerous Brecht evenings
We fondly recall the humor with which Christine tackled her role in "Dog Days." And her little dog who was always at her side. Christine's voice, with which she sang so movingly, still echoes in our ears. Thank you, Christine Jirku.
The Ulrich Seidl Film Production Team wholeheartedly congratulates Georg Friedrich to his Silver Bear, for his role in Thomas Arslans Helle Nächte (Bright Nights). Georg Friedrich will star in Ulrich Seidls new film Wicked Games, which starts filming in the middle of March 2017 in Lower-Austria.
Copyright Foto: apa/afp/tobias schwarz
Ulrich Seidl's most recent movie SAFARI got nominated for "best documentary" at this years austrian film award. The ceremony will take place on the 01.02.2017 at the city hall in Vienna.