Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 24–29, 2020, Graz

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Paradies: Liebe
Feature Film, AT/DE/FR 2012, Farbe, 120 min.
Diagonale 2013

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cast: Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz u.a.
Camera: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Editor: Christof Schertenleib
Location Sound: Ekkehart Baumung
Sounddesign: Matz Müller, Erik Mischijew
Production Design: Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser
Costumes: Tanja Hausner
Producers: Ulrich Seidl, Christine Ruppert, Philippe Bober
Production: Ulrich Seidl Film
Co-production: Tat Film, Parisienne de Production

 

Teresa is an overweight, single mother in her mid-fifties. Her longing for physical intimacy and true love take her to Kenya. The natives there tend to flock to the European “sugar mamas,” regardless of their looks. Teresa enjoys herself; at first naive and brazen, she soon turns bitter and demanding, and finds herself disillusioned time and again; she uses and gets used in turn. It has very little to do with love, and is not at all how one imagines paradise would be.