Ulrich Seidl
AUT 2003
87 min

People enter the church, sit down on a pew and pray to Christ: their father, friend, saviour, and silent and loving listener. They are supported by prayers which smoothly transfer into confession. Remarkable Austrian director Ulrich Seidl followed six believers into the intimacy of the church and shot individual portraits of lonely people who place every hope in religion. The director put these six condensed life stories into a highly purist form that places decisive stress on the word, imbued with deep inner pain. With the necessary agreement of those portrayed, Seidl chose to completely uncover hidden thoughts (till then intended only for Christ) conditioned by their varied emotions. His very daring and seemingly controversial conception astonishes for the degree of authenticity capturing the individual creeds. The film, however, demands an attitude from the viewer stripped of prejudice and conventional ideas of religious practices.

  • Ulrich Seidl
  • Veronika Franz
  • Jerzy Palacz
  • Wolfgang Thaler
  • Ekkehart Baumung
  • Andrea Wagner
  • Christoph Schertenleib
MMK Media Kirchmeyergasse 9 1130 Wien T 1 955 15 15

Austrian Film Commision Stiftgasse 6 1060 Wien T 1 526 33 23 203

Filmladen Mariahilfer Straße 58/7 1070 Wien T 1 523 43 62 0
35 mm
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