Paradise: Faith
Feature Film, Austria/France/Germany 2012, 113 minutes
VENICE 2012 / Competition
Synopsis
In “PARADISE: FAITH” Ulrich Seidl explores what it means to carry the cross. For Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her summer vacation to doing 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, when after years of absence, her husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, comes home, her life goes off its rails. Hymns and prayers are now joined by fighting. “PARADISE: FAITH” recounts the stations of the cross of a marriage and the longing for love.

The film is the second part of Ulrich Seidl's PARADISE Trilogy. “PARADISE: LOVE”, the first part, is about Anna Maria's sister Teresa, whose paradise lies with more earthly love – with beach boys in Kenya.
Cast
Maria Hofstätter
Nabil Saleh
Credits
Director
Ulrich Seidl
Script
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Camera
Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Sound
Ekkehart Baumung
Production design
Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser
Costume design
Tanja Hausner
Editor
Christof Schertenleib
Line producer
Konstantin Seitz
Production manager
Max Linder
Production
Ulrich Seidl Film
Co-production
Tat Film, Parisienne de Production

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