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Paradise: Love

Paradies: Liebe · dir. Ulrich Seidl
Austria, France, Germany 2012, 120’


10/25, 18:00 · Od Nowa – new hall

The title “paradise” is the area of coastal health resorts in Kenya, where middle-aged European women travel to look for the so-called “beach boys”, i.e. young African men, who satisfy their sexual fantasies, in return for money. This seems to be the perfect place for Teresa, a mother of a teenage daughter, to have a grand celebration of her 50th birthday. She has her daughter in a friend’s keeping and goes to a Kenyan health resort with the hope to find love and experience a sexual thrill of her life. The reality turns out to be far from the paradise ideal, though. Wandering from beach to beach in a desperate hope to find the true love and changing her dark-skinned lovers, one by one, Teresa faces the ever-growing disappointment. Consequently, she loses her sensitivity and becomes gradually disillusioned, which brings her to a bitter conclusion — the love on Kenyan beaches is not a dreamed paradise, but a paid transaction, which is just prostitution in disguise.

Director:Ulrich Seidl
Screenplay:Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Music:Gerrit Wunder
Cinematography:Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Editing:Christof Schertenleib
Cast:Margarete Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Carlos Mkutano
Awards:MFF w Cannes / Cannes IFF – Nagroda FIPRESCI / FIPRESCI Award (2012)

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