It's been a big year for Austrian film. Michael
Haneke's Amour (SFF 2012) won both the Palme
d'Or at Cannes and the Oscar® for Best
Foreign Language Film. Ulrich Seidl's Paradise
trilogy achieved the rare feat of playing in competition at
the three major festivals: Cannes, Venice and Berlin.
Through this Focus on Austria, we pay tribute to these
masters and their colleagues, their films and their methods, to the
beautiful city of Vienna, and to the country's next generation of
The formidable Austrian director of acclaimed films
Games and Amour is the subject of a
fascinating doco showing the master at work and featuring
interviews with Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert.
Two lonely souls - a foreigner down on her luck and a wary security
guard, meet at the Art History Museum in Vienna in this warmly
enchanting and unconventional romance.
The middle film of the Paradise trilogy, Faith
sees director Ulrich Seidl taking on religious fanaticism, as a
committed Viennese Catholic missionary clashes with her Egyptian
The final film in the Paradise trilogy follows an
awkward teenager at diet camp, where she plays a tenuous game of
cat and mouse with a charismatic doctor 40 years her senior.
The first of Ulrich Seidl's Paradise trilogy follows
shy, lonely Teresa, who travels to Kenya to join other white
middle-aged Austrian women as sex tourists, also known as 'sugar
Shot with a very low budget and no screenplay, this wild,
stridently rebellious film about two very different women embracing
freedom together won the Tiger Award at Rotterdam.