Safari

Ulrich Seidl

IFFR 2017

Signatures

  • 90'
  • Austria
  • 2016

In the documentary Safari, Ulrich Seidl, Austrian chronicler of European social unease, shows Western recreational hunting of African wildlife. Seidl, known from the Paradise feature trilogy (2012-2013), has a style that involves tight frames and symmetrical visual compositions. He sets off with German and Austrian holiday hunters (including the Ellinger married couple from his documentary In the Basement, 2014), who take professional guides on their expensive hunting holidays, killing impala, zebra and giraffe from a great distance. But Seidl is primarily interested in the motives of the hunters (who proudly get their photo taken with each dead animal), such as the family of four, all of whom could take a pot shot.
Whereas the protagonists in Seidl’s documentary Animal Love (1995) embraced animals, the hunters’ vocabulary keeps animals at an emotional distance describing them as “pieces” (Stücken). In neocolonial contrast to the whites’ wealth are the poor black labourers who cut the enormous giraffe into pieces in an abattoir.

With a special screening and auxiliary programme by De Balie on Sat 28 Jan at 12:00.

Director
Ulrich Seidl
Country of production
Austria
Production Year
2016
Festival Edition
IFFR 2017
Length
90'
Medium
DCP
Languages
German, English
Producer
Ulrich Seidl
Production Company
Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH
Sales
Coproduction Office
Screenplay
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematography
Wolfgang Thaler, Jerzy Palacz
Editor
Christof Schertenleib
Sound Design
Paul Oberle
Local Distributor
EYE Film Institute Netherlands