Ulrich Seidl's Paradise Trilogy

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
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Ulrich Seidl is one of the most controversial and provocative filmmakers working today. His portraits of the private lives of everyday people are disturbing to the core, and yet they are also often quite humorous. Obsessed with finding the beauty in ugliness, and a world-class smasher of all things taboo, Seidl vastly expands his reach with the epic Paradise trilogy.

“The best movie trilogy to encapsulate epic struggles against evil impulses spanning generations isn't Star Wars. Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, a divisive auteur on the world stage widely considered to produce sadomasochistic provocations, has delivered a grander three-part statement on the human condition.” –Indiewire

Please note: Each film in the trilogy is a complete work in itself. It is not required to see all three, though you will have a more rewarding and richer experience if you do, as themes in the films relate to each other.

Paradise: Love
Jun 13, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 15, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 16, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
$10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, teacher

On the beaches of Kenya they‘re known as “Sugar Mamas,” European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. In this raunchy, explicit film about a lesser-known type of sex tourism, Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian, travels to this vacation paradise. She goes from one sexy beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to another, and finally she must recognize: in this world, love is a business. (2012, 120 min, DCP)

Paradise: Faith
Jun 20, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 22, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 23, 2013 2:00pm
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$10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, teacher

For Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s, paradise lies with Jesus. She devotes her summer vacation to missionary work so that Austria may return to the path of virtue. On her daily pilgrimage through Vienna, she goes from door to door, carrying a statue of the Virgin Mary. After years of absence, Anna Maria’s estranged husband—an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair—comes home, and her life goes completely off the rails. (2012, 113 min, DCP)

Paradise: Hope
Jun 27, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 29, 2013 7:30pm
Jun 30, 2013 2:00pm
Screening Room
$10 Regular/$8 YBCA member, senior, student, teacher

The third film in the trilogy tells the story of Melanie, an overweight 13-year-old, and her first love. While her mother, Teresa, travels to Kenya (Paradise: Love), and her aunt (Paradise: Faith) does missionary work for Jesus, the teenager spends her summer vacation with other adolescents in a strict diet camp in the Austrian countryside. Between sports, nutritional counseling, pillow fights, and a pathetic night out at the disco, she falls in love with the camp director, a doctor 40 years her senior. (2013, 91 min, DCP)


  1. Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)
    701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA