Actor: Maria Hofstätter

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MARIA HOFSTÄTTER – ANONYMOUSLY POPULAR

Maria Hofstätter has always distinguished herself by her constant search for interesting roles, for herself and for the audience. Every role, for her, must be a chance to give vent to one’s feelings, safe in the certainty that someone will be listening. Great protagonist, together with Ulrich Seidl, of the 2001 and 2012 Venice Film Festival.

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PARADISE: FAITH

Paradise: Faith shows us not only religious fanaticism in one of its most extreme forms. No. In Paradise: Faith, in fact, Ulrich Seidl shows us religion lived in a maniacal way that almost seems to forget the value of human beings themselves. Special Jury Prize at the 2012 Venice Film Festival.

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PARADISE: LOVE

In Paradise: Love we find all the constants of Ulrich Seidl’s cinema in a deeply intelligent, painful and merciless work. The cynicism and hypocrisy of human beings, the difference between social classes, but also – and above all – a deep loneliness and a desperate need for love are the absolute protagonists. Can there ever be an even faint chance of salvation? The director seems to have no doubt about it.

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THE WHORE’S SON

The Whore’s Son is the story of a desperate mother-son relationship. A continuous chasing after each other without ever actually meeting. A love-hate relationship that can often lead to the most extreme solutions.

DAS GLÜCK IST EIN VOGERL

Good feelings and stories with happy endings are always appreciated. Especially at Christmas time. And although Das Glück ist ein Vogerl does not stand out for special insights or directorial virtuosity, it works above all because of the excellent performances of the entire cast.

HELP, I SHRUNK MY FRIENDS

Help, I Shrunk My Friends is clearly inspired by the now cult film Honey, I Shrunk the Kids. But if those nostalgic for that film – as well as for the glorious 1980s – are hoping to re-experience the same feelings they felt when watching Joe Johnston’s film, their expectations will inevitably be disappointed.

POPPITZ

Poppitz is hilarious, irreverent, not afraid to highlight the habits and faults of the upper middle class and, in recounting poor Gerry’s misadventures, draws a comprehensive fresco of contemporary society. A superficial society that only cares about ‘appearances’ and considers luxury as the solution to any problem.