Ulrich Seidl (Austria)

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.

Filmography

  • 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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