PARADISE Faith (image 1)

You’ll wince, laugh and be shocked, sometimes all at once.

Adam Woodward, Little White Lies

Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

PARADISE Faith 2012

PARADIES: Glaube

Directed by Ulrich Seidl

Abrasive lampoon of one woman’s hysterical love of Jesus. “I laughed uproariously throughout this horrifying portrait of a religious fanatic, and if there’s something the matter with you, you will, too.” — John Waters

Austria / France / Germany In Arabic and German with English subtitles
113 minutes DCP

Director, Producer

Screenplay

Ulrich Seidl
,
Veronika Franz

Photography

Wolfgang Thaler
,
Ed Lachman

Editor

Christof Schertenleib

Production designers

Renate Martin
,
Andreas Donhauser

Costume designer

Tanja Hausner

Sound

Ekkehart Baumung

With

Maria Hofstätter (Anna Maria)
,
Nabil Saleh (Nabil)
,
Natalija Baranova (Natalija)
,
René Rupnik (Mr Rupnik)
,
Dieter and Trude Masur (married couple)

Festivals

Venice 2012; Rotterdam 2013

Awards

Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival 2012

Elsewhere

For Anna Maria, an X-ray technician (and sister of PARADISE: Love’s Teresa), a holiday provides the opportunity to head out for a spot of door-to-door evangelism, toting her two-foot plaster Mary into the homes of anyone foolish, confused or lonely enough to let her across the threshold. But at heart Anna Maria’s devotion is a frantically private affair, self-administered in bouts of flagellation or progressions around her obsessively spotless apartment on her knees. When Anna Maria’s estranged, wheelchair-bound and devoutly Muslim husband appears from who-knows-where, God may have sent a trial too many. Seidl’s lampoon of hysterical faith seems perfectly designed to enrage the embattled righteous, but in more charitable souls it may induce pity and wonder. “I laughed uproariously throughout this horrifying portrait of a religious fanatic, and if there’s something the matter with you, you will, too.”  — John Waters, Artforum (Best Films of 2012)