March 18 – 29
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Country: AUSTRIA, GERMANY, FRANCE
Run Time: 113 minutes
After her husband’s accident cripples him, Anna retreats completely into her religion. She travels with a statue of the Virgin Mary, forcing herself into strangers’ homes to convert whomever she can. In her own room, she scourges herself to atone for the world’s sins. Her husband, a Muslim, is returning home to resume as normal a life as possible. But for Anna that requires a complete surrender to Jesus and a Spartan life of prayer and sacrifice. Her husband will have none of it. An intense spiritual battle begins between them, one that soon launches a terrifying escalation into emotional and physical warfare. It rapidly becomes a question of survival as much as salvation. Walking the line between faith and obsession, this unsettling and powerful film raises primal questions with its sharply observant and often shocking imagery. Though standing alone, this is a thematic companion to “Paradise: Love” and “Paradise: Hope.” PARADISE: FAITH is a starkly original film experience. (In German with subtitles) – C.R.
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh, Natalija Baranova, Rene Rupnik, Dieter Masur
Ulrich Seidl was born in 1952 in Vienna, Austria. He is a writer, producer, and director of both narrative and documentary films. He has been nominated for awards at numerous international festivals, including the Palm d'Or in Cannes. He has won both the Special Jury Prize and the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
"Loss Is To Be Expected" (1992), "The Last Real Men" (1994), "Tierische Leibe" (1996), "Models" (1999), "Dog Days" (2001) – 25th CIFF, "Jesus, You Know" (2003), "Import/Export" (2007), "Paradise: Love" (2012), PARADISE: FAITH (2012), "Paradise: Hope" (2013)