Seidl follows six believers through different churches and
with their permission films their individual conversations with Jesus. These heart-to-hearts often start off as prayers, but sometimes turn into confessions. All the believers come from very different backgrounds, but they are all lonely and unhappy. However, Seidl finds humor in these people, their contradictions and the juxtaposition of the most banal and the absolutely fundamental. —http://www.documentamadrid.com
Ulrich Seidl was born in Vienna in 1952 and grew up in the town of Horn in Lower Austria. He studied journalism, art history and drama in Vienna, supporting himself with odd jobs, before entering the prestigious Vienna Film Academy at the age of 26. In 1980 he made his first documentary, Einsvierzig. Following the controversy surrounding his second film, Der Ball (1982) – a wickedly satirical portrait of the graduation ball in his home town – Seidl was asked to leave the Film Academy. In 1990 he returned to the scene with the feature-length documentary Good News. Within the decade Seidl was to make seven more documentaries for cinema and television, winning much acclaim and many prizes for his work.
Hundstage – Dog Days, his first fiction film, was released in 2001 and won several important awards, beginning with the grand jury prize at the Venice Film Festival in 2001. The same year also saw the release of Zur Lage / State of… read more
If only these people talked to each other and the people around them half as much as they do to Jesus, their relationships would improve immediately. It's a perfect example how the religion can cause more harm than good when people rely on it for the most part and forget about themselves. Otherwise I find it quite visually appealing, I enjoy the interior and exterior of churches greatly.