Masters of Dox

Safari

Ulrich Seidl

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Screening time  
01.03. / Wednesday, 17:00 - 19:00 Theatre 3  
04.03. / Saturday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 3  
A vacation film loosely based on killing.

Brilliant provocateur Ulrich Seidl again turns his camera on his fellow Austrians on holiday. This time, he’s on safari at a white-owned ranch in Namibia. Even the most tender father-son moments look sinister through Seidl’s lens, as an athletic Austrian couple in their early 40s hunt beautiful rare creatures with their teenage children. Building the film from his trademark eccentric tableaus and interviews, Seidl documents disturbing sequences on the hunt; a local white rancher drinking himself into a stupor in a bird-watching hut and meticulous scenes of Namibian ranch-hands processing furs and heads for the tourists to take home as the trophies from the hunt. Anyone distressed by disregard for rare and endangered animals’ lives be warned – a chilling observation of the most insidious white privilege. Disturbing, yes. But fascinating nonetheless.

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Ulrich Seidl

Ulrich Seidl started his career with award-winning documentaries such as Good News (1990), Animal Love (1995) and Models (1998). Seidl‘s first feature film Dog Days won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. Import Export (2007), the first film to be produced by his own production company, was followed by his successful and multiple-award-winning Paradise Trilogy (2012), whose films had their premiere in the competition of the film festivals in Cannes, Venice and Berlin. His latest works are In the Basement (2014) and Safari (2016).

Safari

Austria, Denmark
2016, 90'

Directed by:
Ulrich Seidl

Screenplay by:
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz

Cinematography:
Wolfgang Thaler, Jerzy Palacz

Edited by:
Christof Schertenleib

Producer:
Ulrich Seidl

Produced by:
Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion

Festivals & Awards:

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2017; Venice International Film Festival 2016; BFI London Film Festival 2016; ARTE Kino Festival 2016; Zurich Film Festival 2016; Seville European Film Festival 2016