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by Ulrich Seidl


For Annamaria, an X-ray technician, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her vacation to missionary work, so that Austria may be brought back to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a foot-high statue of the Virgin Mary. One day, after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home. Hymns and prayers are now joined by fighting.

international title: Paradise: Faith
original title: Paradies: Glaube
country: Austria, Germany, France
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Ulrich Seidl
film run: 113'
release date: NO 25/12/2012, BE 13/03/2013, NL 14/03/2013, DE 21/03/2013, FR 24/04/2013, DK 16/05/2013, GB 05/07/2013
screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
cast: Maria Hofstätter, Nabil Saleh
cinematography by: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
film editing: Christof Schertenleib
producer: Ulrich Seidl
co-producer: Christine Ruppert, Philippe Bober
production: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion, Tatfilm, Société Parisienne de Production - Coproduction Office
backing: MEDIA Programme
distributor: Stadtkino Filmverleih, Eye Film Institute Netherlands Distribution, Happiness Distribution, Lumière, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH, Soda Pictures


main awards/selection

Biennale di Venezia 2012 Special Jury Prize
Warsaw Film Festival 2012 
Thessaloniki International Film Festival 2012 
International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013 

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