18 NOV - 4 DEC 2022

Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen



Widower Sepp Paur lives in a small Austrian village by the Czech border. The food supply left by his late wife is running low. It is time for Sepp to start searching for a new one. In a small Czech village, widow Paula Hutterová has a lot to say to her sisters. They talk about their youth, their deceased husbands, alcohol and sex. Binoculars in hand, Sepp gazes longingly at Paula from across the border.


Director, screenwriter and producer Ulrich Seidl (Vienna, 1952) made his first films in the 1990s, including the documentaries Good News and Tierische Liebe, which we rescreened as part of the special sessions celebrating 20 years of l’Alternativa, having dedicated a parallel section to him in 2005. His international career really took off in 2001, after Hundstage won the Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Subsequent films, such as Import/Export and his Paradise Trilogy were screened to great acclaim in festivals in Cannes and Berlin, among others. After Im Keller and Safari, Seidl made one of his trademark duos, Rimini and Sparta, both being screened at l’Alternativa this year.