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Oppenheimer's 'Look of Silence' & Seidl's 'In the Basement' Shock Venice

Two years ago, after the Berlinale premiere of Joshua Oppenheimer’s “The Act of Killing,” the audience sat silently, shocked and benumbed by what they’d seen. Thursday night’s public screening of his new film, “The Look of Silence,” brought a completely different kind of reaction to a nearly full Sale Grande: emotion.
  • By Tom Christie
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  • August 29, 2014 8:23 PM
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'Paradise: Faith' Review: Between Love and Hope, One Woman's S&M Relationship with Christ (TRAILER)

Some viewers may see in Ulrich Seidl's austere "Paradise: Faith" the parody of Austrian cinema, but for those apostles of arty psychological torture porn, this is the work of a master -- it's just not his masterpiece.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • August 21, 2013 12:49 PM
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Berlinale Announces First Six Competition Titles; 'Promised Land' & New Films from Hong Sang-soo and Ulrich Seidl

The 63rd Berlin International Film Festival (February 7-17) has announced the first six titles in its competition lineup. Productions and co-productions from Germany, France, Austria, the Republic of Korea, Chile, Romania, Spain and the U.S. are included, with Gus Van Sant's "Promised Land" and the new film by Hong Sang-soo, "Nobody's Daughter Haewon," and the third in Ulrich Seidl's "Paradise" trilogy ("Paradise: Hope"), part of the program.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • December 13, 2012 11:32 AM
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