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Ulrich Maria Seidl (born 24 November 1952 in Vienna)[1] is an Austrian film director, writer and producer. In 2005 he was a member of the jury at the 27th Moscow International Film Festival.[2]

Ulrich Seidl
Ulrich Seidl Odessa International Film Festival.jpg
Born (1952-11-24) 24 November 1952 (age 67)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1980–present

His film Dog Days was shot over three years during the hottest days of summer.[3] Among other awards, it won the Grand Jury Prize at Venice in 2001.

His 2012 film Paradise: Love competed for the Palme d'Or at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.[4][5] The sequel Paradise: Faith won the Special Jury Prize at the 69th Venice International Film Festival.[6] The final part of the trilogy, Paradise: Hope, premiered in competition at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival.[7][8]

Seidl was scheduled to attend the 2014 Jerusalem Film Festival, but cancelled his visit due to the political tension in the region.[9]


Seidl grew up in a Roman Catholic family. Although at one point he wanted to become a priest, he studied journalism and drama at Vienna University instead.[1] Afterwards, he studied film-making at the Vienna Film Academy where he produced his first short, One-Forty. Two years later he produced his first full-length film, The Ball.


Ulrich does not consider himself a documentary filmmaker, but several of his films often blend fiction and nonfiction.[10] Several of his films are set in his home country, Austria.[1]


  • 1980 One Forty (Einsvierzig) (short)
  • 1982 The Prom (Der Ball) (short)
  • 1990 Good News
  • 1992 Losses to Be Expected (Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen)
  • 1994 The Last Men (Die letzten Männer) (TV)
  • 1995 Animal Love (Tierische Liebe)
  • 1996 Pictures at an Exhibition (Bilder einer Ausstellung) (TV)
  • 1997 The Bosom Friend (Der Busenfreund) (TV)
  • 1998 Fun without Limits (Spass ohne Grenzen) (TV)
  • 1999 Models
  • 2001 Dog Days (Hundstage)
  • 2002 State of the Nation (Zur Lage)
  • 2003 Jesus, You Know (Jesus, Du weisst)
  • 2004 Our Father (Vater unser) (filmed stage play)
  • 2006 Brothers, Let Us Be Merry (Brüder, laßt uns lustig sein) (short)
  • 2007 Import/Export
  • 2012 Paradise trilogy (Paradies)
  • 2014 In the Basement (Im Keller)
  • 2016 Safari



  1. ^ a b c Hans-Michael Bock and Tim Bergfelder. The Concise Cinegraph: An Encyclopedia of German Cinema. Berghahn Books. p. 440. ISBN 978-0-85745-565-9.
  2. ^ "27th Moscow International Film Festival (2005)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-09.
  3. ^ Roger Ebert (1 November 2005). Roger Ebert's Movie Yearbook 2006. Andrews McMeel Publishing. p. 173. ISBN 978-0-7407-5538-5.
  4. ^ "2012 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  5. ^ "Cannes Film Festival 2012 line-up announced". timeout. Retrieved 2012-04-19.
  6. ^ "Official Awards of the 69th Venice Film Festival". labiennale. Archived from the original on 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  7. ^ "First Films for the Competition and Berlinale Special". berlinale. Retrieved 2013-01-02.
  8. ^ Simon Mraz (Austrian Cultural Forum Moscow). Program Austrian Cultural Season in Russia 2013/14. AustrianCulturalForum Moscow. p. 310. GGKEY:XE8SU7JWWQU.
  9. ^ Mitchell, Wendy. "Seidl and other filmmakers cancel Jerusalem trips". Screen Daily. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  10. ^ Robert von Dassanowsky; Oliver C. Speck (15 April 2011). New Austrian Film. Berghahn Books. p. 189. ISBN 978-0-85745-232-0.

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