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Top 20 Alternative Picks for Cannes 2012: Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise: Love

Paradise: Love – Ulrich Seidl

Buzz: While part of the elite class of filmmakers who’ve attained Main Competition status (now for a second time), I still feel that the Dog Days and Import/Export helmer Ulrich Seidl is sort of an anomaly amongst his peers. Having worked on his sex tourism trilogy for the better parts of 2009 to 2011, this mixes a cast of professionals and non-actors in factual settings.

Guest: Inspired by Ödön von Horváth’s 1932 play Faith, Hope and Charity, the first part in a trilogy, on Kenya’s beaches they are known as “sugar mamas”: European women who seek out African boys selling love to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian woman, travels to this vacation paradise. “PARADISE: Love” tells of older women and young men, of Europe and Africa, and of the exploited, who end up exploiting others.



Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury 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 was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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