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Suburban Seidl: Strand Adds “In the Basement” to the Collection

Having previously released all three items his Paradise: Trilogy, Screen Daily reports that Strand Releasing have excavated Ulrich Seidl’s out of comp Venice Film Festival premiered docu. The long in the works oddity In the Basement is be pegged for a summer release.

Gist: The film is about people and their obsessions. The film is about basements and what people do in them in their free time. The film is about brass-band music and opera arias, expensive furniture and cheap men’s jokes, sexuality and sadism, fitness and fascism, whips and dolls, snakes and guns, love and the longing for love.

Worth Noting: Seidl is looking to return to fiction with Herr Grasl. We’re hopeful for a 2016 release.

Do We Care?: Reviewed at London BFI, we called this item “distinctive in its revelations about its subjects and steering clear of the notorious imprisonment cases that shocked Austrians and the world alike, In The Basement is an oddball entry, yet strangely alluring to be watched in awe, shock or marvelment.”

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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