Paradies: Liebe

Paradise: Love
Ulrich Seidl
Germany, France, Austria
Drama, Fiction
Ulrich Seidl / Veronika Franz
Maria Hofstätter / Margarete Tiesel / Inge Maux / Peter Kazungu / Carlos Mkutano / Gabriel Mwarua
Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH / TAT-Film Christine Ruppert / Société Parisienne de Production


On the beaches of Kenya they're known as Sugar Mamas: European women to whom black beach boys offer sex to earn a living. Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian from Vienna and the mother of a daughter entering puberty, travels as a sex tourist to this vacation paradise in search of love. She goes from one beach boy to the next, from one disappointment to the next. On the beaches of Kenya love is a business.

Through the power of its images, emotions and performances, "PARADISE: Love" tells of sex tourism, older women and young men, the market value of sexuality, the power of skin color, Europe and Africa, and the exploited, who have no choice but to victimize other victims.

Ulrich Seidl's film is the opener in a trilogy about three women in one family who take separate vacations: one as a sex tourist, another as a Catholic missionary (PARADISE: Faith) and the third at a diet camp for teenagers (PARADISE: Hope.) Three films, three women, three stories of longing.

Festivals & Academy awards and others

Festival de Cannes 2012
In competition
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012
BFI London Film Festival 2012
Braunschweig International Film Festival 2012

European Film Awards (EFA) 2012
Nominated: Best European Actress (Margarethe Tiesel)
Austrian Film Prize 2013
Best Fiction Feature, Best Director, Best Female Performance (Margarete Thiesel)
Cannes Awards


Spain (16 of August 2013)
United kingdom (14 of June 2013)
Denmark (16 of May 2013)
France (9 of January 2013)