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by Ulrich Seidl


The third film in the Paradise Trilogy tell the story of the 13-years-old Melanie. While her mother (Theresa) travels to Kenya, Melanie spends her holiday in the Austrian countryside at a strict diet camp for overweight teenagers. Under the supervision of a tattooed trainer and a creepy doctor, the teenager attempt to do sports during the day and secretly get drunk in the evening. Between physical education and nutrition counseling, pillow fights and her first cigarette, Melanie falls in love with the doctor who is 40 years her senior.

international title: Paradise: Hope
original title: Paradies: Hoffnung
country: Austria, France, Germany
sales agent: Coproduction Office
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Ulrich Seidl
film run: 91'
release date: AT 22/02/2013, NO 22/02/2013, FR 24/04/2013, BE 01/05/2013, NL 09/05/2013, DE 16/05/2013, DK 01/08/2013, UK 02/08/2013
screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
cast: Melanie Lenz, Verena Lehbauer, Joseph Lorenz, Michael Thomas, Viviane Bartsch
cinematography by: Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
film editing: Christof Schertenleib
art director: Andreas Donhauser, Renate Martin
costumes designer: Tanja Hausner
producer: Ulrich Seidl
production: Seidl Film Produktion, Tatfilm, Coproduction Office
backing: Eurimages, Filmfonds Wien, Austrian Film Institute, Land Niederösterreich, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), MEDIA Programme
distributor: Stadtkino Filmverleih, Happiness Distribution, Neue Visionen Filmverleih GmbH, Eye Film Museum Distribution, Soda Pictures

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