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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Im Keller / In the Basement (2014) – A film by Ulrich Seidl (Trailer)

Corpulent sex slaves, tuba-playing Nazi obsessives, reborn doll fantasists – just a regular stroll through the neighborhood, then, for patented guru of the grotesque Ulrich Seidl, who makes an intriguing return to documentary filmmaking with "In the Basement". Grabby and grubby in equal measure, this meticulously composed trawl through the contents of several middle-class Austrians' cellars (a space, according to Seidl, that his countrymen traditionally give over to their most personal hobbies) yields more than a few startling discoveries. It's not hard to tell, though, that a mixture of fact and fabrication is at work here. The career-high success of Seidl's recent "Paradise" trilogy should boost the distribution prospects of a niche item that is by turns uproarious, repulsive and oddly touching. [...] Working for the first time with the brilliant cinematographer Martin Gschlacht – best known for his similarly geometric work with fellow Austrian Jessica Hausner – Seidl has found an ideal creative enabler for his vision. The carefully calibrated gloom of Gschlacht's lighting schemes (all the better to accentuate the frequently bilious colors of the decor) and the sharpness of his seemingly tweezer-set framing often suggests more about these "characters" than they are willing to say about themselves. Christopher Brunner's editing is equally crisp and incisive, and while no production designer is credited, Seidl has apparently chosen subjects who share his eccentric taste in interiors. Even a wall cluttered with African mementoes and macabre taxidermy trophies manages, through Seidl's gaze, to look strangely austere.

The film aimed for the adult audience.


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Im Keller / In the Basement (2014)

A film by Ulrich Seidl

Directed by Ulrich Seidl
Idea & concept: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Camera: Martin Gschlacht
Editor: Christopher Brunner
Sound: Ekkehart Baumung
Line producer: Konstantin Seitz
Assistant directors: Daniel Hoesl, Astrid Wolfrig

With Fritz Lang, Alfreda Klebinger, Manfred Ellinger, Inge Ellinger, Josef Ochs, Alessa Duchek, Gerald Duchek, Cora Kitty, Peter Vokurek, Walter Holzer

Production: Austria - Germany, 2014

Spoken language: German
With English, French, Greek, Spanish & Portugese subtitles
















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