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PARADIES: Liebe

English title
PARADISE: Love
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 from Austria, 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. The first film in Ulrich Seidl’s PARADISE trilogy tells of older women and young men, of Europe and Africa, and of the exploited, who have no choice but to victimize other victims.

The first film of the PARADISE trilogy
Script
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Director
Ulrich Seidl
DOP
Wolfgang Thaler, Ed Lachman
Editor
Christof Schertenleib
Sound engineer
Ekkehart Baumung
Costume design
Tanja Hausner
Set design
Renate Martin, Andreas Donhauser
Cast
Margarete Tiesel (Teresa), Inge Maux (Teresas Freundin), Peter Kazungu, Carlos Mkutano und Gabriel Mwarua (Beachboys)
Producer
Ulrich Seidl
Production manager
Max Linder
Funding
Filminstitut, Filmfonds Wien, Land Niederösterreich, Eurimages, Centre National de la Cinématographie (FR), Medien- und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (DE)
Television investment
ORF (Film/Fernseh-Abkommen), WDR/ARTE, Degeto, ARTE France
Film location
Kenia, Vienna, Austria
Shooting time
October 2009 - September 2010