Diagonale
Festival of Austrian Film
March 21–26, 2023, Graz

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Paradies: Hoffnung (OmeU)
Feature Film, AT/DE/FR 2012, Farbe, 91 min., OmeU
Diagonale 2013

Director: Ulrich Seidl
Script: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cast: Melanie Lenz, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas, Vivian Bartsch 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 Filmproduktion
Co-production: Tat Film, Parisienne de Production

 

While her mother passes the time on a sex trip in Kenya, 13-year-old Melanie is at diet camp to shed a few pounds. Between drills in the gym and sex talk in the dorms, Melanie tries to come to terms with her feelings for the camp doctor, forty years her senior. She loves him with the innocence and loyalty of a first love, while he’s torn between his guilt and his lust; where paradise knocks, heartache is not far behind.