The Cinematheque at Tower City Cinemas as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival
Austria, France, Germany | 2012 | Ulrich Seidl
The films of Austria’s Ulrich Seidl are not for everybody, but he has been a regular presence on the Cinematheque screen ever since we debuted his 2001 feature Dog Days over ten years ago. Seidl’s newest, and perhaps most ambitious, undertaking is the three-part “Paradise” trilogy, which receives its American premiere at this year’s 37th Cleveland Int’l Film Festival (April 3-14 at Tower City Cinemas downtown). Given our long history with the director, the Cinematheque will partner with the festival on the presentation of the first of the three films, Paradise: Love, a frank, shocking tale of sex tourism in Kenya. Seidl, whose documentary-fiction hybrids have a formal beauty at odds with his often ugly subjects (think Diane Arbus), has long been drawn to freaks, misfits, and monsters, and to the sordid and sensational sides of “civilized” society. Paradise: Love is a post-colonialist parable in which a lonely, 50-year-old Austrian matron journeys to Africa for love—but finds only sex and disappointment among the willing, hard-bodied locals. It’s for tolerant adults only. Seidl’s trilogy concludes with Paradise: Faith and Paradise: Hope
Cleveland premiere. Subtitles. Video. 120 min. For specific dates and times, and advance tickets, visit clevelandfilm.org. Special admission $14; students & seniors on day of show and CIFF members $12. Use code “CINE” and save $2 off ticket price to this and all CIFF screenings. No Cinematheque passes, Cinematheque twofers, or Cinematheque radio winners will be accepted.
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General Admission: $9
Member: $7 (includes CIA I.D. holders)
Age 25 & under: $7 (proof of age required)
*Additional film on the same day: $7