photo © Ulrich Seidl Film

On Kenya’s beaches they are known as "sugar mamas": European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian woman, travels to this vacation paradise.

PARADISE: LOVE tells of older women and young men, of Europe and Africa, and of the exploited, who end up exploiting others. Ulrich Seidl’s film is the first in his PARADISE-trilogy about three women, three vacations and three stories of the longing to find happiness today.

Ulrich Seidl was born in 1952. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: GOOD NEWS (1990), MIT VERLUST IST ZU RECHNEN (1992), TIERISCHE LIEBE (1995), MODELS (1998), HUNDSTAGE (2001), ZUR LAGE (2001), JESUS, DU WEISST (2003), IMPORT EXPORT (2007), and the PARADISE trilogy: LOVE, BELIEF, and HOPE.
Genre Drama, Society
Category Feature
Year of Production 2012
Director Ulrich Seidl
Screenplay Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematography Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Cast Margarethe Tiesel, Peter Kazungu, Inge Maux, Dunja Sowinetz, Helen Brugat, Gabriel Mwarua, Josphat Hamisi, Carlos Mkutano
Producer Ulrich Seidl
Co-Producers Christine Ruppert, Philippe Bober
Production Company Ulrich Seidl Film/Vienna, in co-production with Tatfilm/Cologne
Length 120 min
Format 35 mm, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 English, German, Swahili
Subtitled Versions English, French
Festivals Cannes 2012 (In Competition), La Rochelle 2012, Moscow 2012, Karlovy Vary 2012, Sarajevo 2012, Golden Apricot Yerevan 2012, European Film Festival Palic 2012, Melbourne 2012, Haugesund 2012, Toronto 2012, Vancouver 2012, Telluride 2012, BFI London 2012, Busan 2012, Nouveau Cinéma de Montréal 2012, AFI Fest Los Angeles 2012, Brisbane 2012, Thessaloniki 2012, Tallinn Black Nights 2012, Hong Kong 2013, Istanbul 2013, CPH:PIX Copenhagen 2013, Seattle 2013, Sydney 2013, Moscow 2013, Sarajevo 2013, Haifa 2013, Kyiv Molodist 2013, Brisbane 2013, Havana 2014
With backing from Österreichisches Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Land Niederösterreich, Eurimages, CNC, ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen, WDR/ARTE, Degeto, ARTE France

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