Ulrich Seidl (born 1952) is the director of numerous award-winning documentaries such as Jesus, du weißt/ Jesus, You Know, Models/ Models and Tierische Liebe/ Animal Love. His work methods, achieving the greatest possible authenticity and showing people in the most solitary and personal moments, has aroused intense debate.
From his debut film, a provocative piece on a very short man, Einsvierzig, shot in 1979, straight down to Import/Export, his latest exercise in epic realism, Ulrich Seidl has managed to disturb, infuriate and touch audiences.
Seidl’s film work, derived from personal experiences like a severe catholic upbringing and doing casual labor as a night watchman and warehouse worker, continues to shock and challenge viewers by posing essential questions about the nature of cinema and its „morals“: about the gray areas between the fictional and the documentary; about the limits of voyeurism and the urge to fight sentimentality; about the very different modes of acting – from amateur posing to professional faking. His first fiction feature, Hundstage/ Dog Days, won the Grand Jury Special Prize at the 2001 Venice Film Festival. Import/Export is the first film that Seidl has also produced.
He lives in Vienna, Austria.
Einsvierzig (16´, Austria, 1980)
Der Ball (50´, Austria, 1982)
Look 84 (Austria, 1984)
Good News: Von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern (130´, Austria, 1990)
Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen/ Loss Is to Be Expected (118´, Austria, 1992)
Die Letzten Männer/ The Last Real Men (60´, Austria, 1994)
Tierische Liebe/ Animal Love (120´,Austria, 1995)
Bilder einer Ausstellung (45´, Austria, 1996)
Der Busenfreund (60´, Austria , 1997)
Spass ohne Grenzen (45´, Austria, 1998)
Models (118´, Austria, 1999)
Hundstage/ Dog Days (121´, Austria, 2001)
Zur Lage: Österreich in sechs Kapiteln/ State of the Nation: Austria in Six Chapters (88´, Austria, 2002)
Jesus, Du weisst/ Jesus, You Know (87, Austria, 2003)
Brüder, lasst uns lustig sein/ Brothers, Let Us Be Merry (1´, Austria, 2006)
Import/Export (135´, Austria, 2007)
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