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Paradise: Faith (Paradies: Glaube)

Introduced by director Ulrich Seidl

Part of Paradise Trilogy (Paradies Trilogie)

A devout Catholic, Anna Maria is spreading the gospel in Vienna’s immigrant neighborhoods and privately demonstrating her piety in servile and disturbing ways. When her paraplegic Muslim husband returns after a two-year absence, her isolation is shattered and she questions her faith during the domestic confrontations that ensue.

The contradiction between faith and compassion is just one of many provocations found in this thorny film examining the roots of fanaticism. 2012, DCP, in German and Arabic with English subtitles, 113 minutes.


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