Publisher Hatje Cantz, 2013
This book accompanies Ulrich Seidl's film trilogy Paradise - Love, Faith, Hope. It contains stills and shots from the set.
The Austrian director Ulrich Seidl (*1952 in Vienna) focuses on themes such as the body, physicality, sexuality and desire. His film trilogy Paradies (Paradise) was celebrated at international film festivals, for example in Cannes or Venice, but was also controversially discussed. In breathtaking tableaus Seidl tells in three parts - "Liebe, Glaube, Hoffnung" (Love, Faith, Hope) - of three women from a family who each spend their holidays for themselves: as a sex tourist in Kenya, as a missionary Catholic on the outskirts of Vienna and as a teenager in a diet camp. Three films, three women, three stories of desire. Seidl's view of the protagonists' bodies was compared with that of the painter Lucian Freud on his models. In fact, the reduced picture settings that Seidl uses are thoroughly composed and aestheticizing down to the last detail, which stands in stark contrast to the often disturbing and intimate scenes. This book presents the most memorable still images from the trilogy in large format.