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25th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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In the Basement
In the Basement

In the Basement

director: Ulrich Seidl
original title: Im Keller
country: Austria
year: 2014
running time: 85 min.


Static, perfectly composed scenes from the private life of various Austrians combine to form a tragicomic basement fresco. A cavalcade of scenes from a shooting range, S&M dungeons, and a private museum of Nazism. With almost scientific engagement, we watch the behavior of several individuals in their natural environment – in semi-darkness or in the glow of artificial lights, they engage in their unusual hobbies. The viewer remains uncertain as to how much the scenes were staged, where fresco ends and farce begins.

“I absolutely adore my love slave. And the opposite is also true: He worships me. It doesn’t affect our love – on the contrary. Only with total devotion and love can something like this work.”


Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl’s work is marked by a blend of documentary approaches with visual stylizations. Seidl’s work has been regularly shown at the Jihlava IDFF, and he was a guest in 2008 when the festival showed Loss is to be Expected (Mit verlust ist zu rechnen, 1992), Animal Love (Tierische Liebe, 1995) and Import/Export (2007).

more about film

director: Ulrich Seidl
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas