PARADISE: Hope, the third film in the PARADISE Trilogy, tells the story of Melanie, an overweight 13-year-old-girl, and her first love. While her mother, Teresa, travels to Kenya (PARADISE: Love), and her aunt (PARADISE: Faith) does missionary work for Jesus Christ, the teenager spends her summer vacation with other adolescents in a strict diet camp in the Austrian countryside. Between sports activities and nutritional counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarettes, she falls in love with the camp director, a doctor 40-years-older than herself. The doctor fights against the guilt of this love, knowing it is impossible. But Melanie has imagined her paradise differently.
Austria, Germany, France 2013 | 91 min | German | Super 16 mm | 35 mm blow up
Director: Ulrich Seidl | Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz | Artistic collaborator: Veronika Franz | Camera: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman | Sound: Ekkehart Baumung | Art directors: Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser | Costumes: Tanja Hausner | Casting: Eva Roth | Editor: Christof Schertenleib | Unit manager: Konstantin Seitz | Production manager: Max Linder | Cast: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Johanna Schmid, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas, Vivian Bartsch
With support from: Austrian Film Institute, Vienna Film Fund, Land Niederösterreich, Eurimages, Centre National de la Cinématographie | In collaboration with: ORF Film-/Fernsehabkommen, WDR/Arte, Degeto, Arte France Cinema
Austrian distributor: Stadtkino Filmverleih und Kinobetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H. | Spittelberggasse 3 | 1070 Vienna, Austria
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Co-producers: Tatfilm, Parisienne de Production
- Director's statement
"Paradise does not refer to the setting of the action, but rather, like for the other two parts of the trilogy, to the longing for it. The film describes the dreams and desires of young girls entering puberty regarding love, life and their expectations of sexuality. Insecure because she is overweight, Melanie, the film's protagonist, believes that her physical appearance is the reason for the failure of her first, great love for a man." – Ulrich Seidl
"For all its bizarreness, PARADISE: Hope is first and foremost a razor-sharp phase displacement analysis of the deep insecurity that people who allow themselves to fall in love submit to."
Barbara Wurm, TAZ
"A tender tragedy."
Elmar Krekeler, Die Welt
"Ulrich Seidl's cinema is wise, not in the didactic sense, but rather because it is composed of lived life. The truthfulness that he finds in the faces, bodies and emotions of nonprofessional actors like Melanie Lenz and the staggering Verena Lehbauer cannot be reproduced, let alone imitated."
Markus Keuschnigg, Die Presse
″PARADISE: Hope has humor and warmth, and shows more genuine affection and kindness toward its characters than Seidl usually allows. Despite the sinister undertow, the narrative doesn′t go to the darkest places it could, making for a relatively upbeat, nay hopeful ending to a potentially depressing if formally magnificent trilogy."
Leslie Felperin, Variety
"The lightest and best part of Ulrich Seidl's trilogy about three women chasing elusive rewards, the film concludes this often distancing enterprise on an uncharacteristically compassionate note."
David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Seidl's protagonists are real and authentic. And that he so unconditionally trusts them and the power of their story is the particular quality of his films."
ZDF Neu im Kino
"With lots of humor, he shows the absurd drill by which young people are supposed to be indoctrinated into conventional concepts of beauty."
Peter Claus, Rheinische Post
"With a great deal of feeling Seidl formulates his plea for compassion."
Thomas Groß, Mannheimer Morgen
"Radical, disillusioning, outstanding."
- Awards | Festivals
World premiere: In official competition, 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, 2013
Febio Fest | Hong Kong IFF | Istanbul FF | BAFICI | Indielisboa | Transilvania IFF | Sydney FF | Luna Films/Fesitval | Art Film Fest | Yerevan IFF Golden Apricot | Palic European FF | Motovun Film Festival | Freiluftkino Berlin Piffl/Neue Visionen | New Zealand IFF | Sarajevo FF | Espóo Cine | Toronto IFF | Vancouver IFF Helsinki FF | Haifa FF | Busan IFF | Sao Paulo IFF | Thessaloniki FF | German FF | Taipei Golden Horse | Austrian Cultural Forum | Palic European FF
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