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Ulrich Seidl

1.  Animal Love / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
2.  Dog Days / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
3.  Good News / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
4.  Import/Export / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
5.  Jesus, You Know / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
6.  Last Men / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
7.  Losses to Be Expected / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
8.  Models / Ulrich Seidl, Austria
9.  The Bosom Friend / Ulrich Seidl, Austria

Ulrich Seidl’s films can indeed be shocking and unbearable, depending on the viewer’s perceptions and resistance mechanisms. The hypocrisy and arrogance of the Western world; discrimination against gender, race and social class; the ever-powerful taboos surrounding sexuality and solitude; the arbitrary dividing lines between normalcy and perversity; inconceivable physical and psychological violence; prejudice, fear, obsessions – all these things together and each one separately inundate Seidl’s images. But this is not an overabundant, lavish cinema; on the contrary, the simpler and starker the frame, the clearer the message and the more powerful the emotion.
Seidl’s characters stare into the camera and, depending on how you allow yourself to absorb their gaze, you begin to hypothesize, to associate, to judge, to reconsider, to discuss. In a rare reversal of roles in the cinematic experience, someone else is looking at you at that moment and straight away the question that arises is not what, but how he sees.
Similarly, it does not matter whether Seidl directs a fiction film or a documentary. What’s important isn’t the genre it belongs to but the truth it reveals. And, indeed, there are numerous truths – with many different sides to them – that are released and go straight to the core of your viewing experience and of your existence. No one can remain unmoved by Seidl’s world, whether one agrees with what one sees or not. It is also very difficult to ignore a disarming tenderness that can be found in this “overdose” of reality. When the elderly gentleman in Dog Daysmourns the loss of his dog and declares, with dismay, that “People are cruel”, the cleaning woman stroking his head will assuage his pain and, at the same time, will refute his remark, casting a ray of hope in the direction of those standing on the other side of the screen. Because however shocking and unbearable the world may be, there are people like Ulrich Seidl who, fortunately for us, can feel compassion for it and show it to us as it really is.


Elena Christopoulou

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