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A story of two separate lives moving in opposite directions. Olga, a nurse from Ukraine in search of a better life in the West, leaves her family and moves to Austria, where she gets a job as a cleaner at a geriatric hospital. Young Austrian Paul is an unemployed security guard in search for meaning. This is why he and his stepdad head east and end up in Ukraine. Provocative director Ulrich Seidl, best known for his documentary films, brings the same aesthetic to his fiction films, filled with black humour and realism. Protagonists Paula and Olga are played by amateur actors, lending added authenticity to this entirely fictional story.
Began his career as an award-winning documentary filmmaker: Good News (1990), Animal Love (1995) and Models (1998). His made his first fiction film, Dog Days in 2001 (Venice – Special Jury Prize). Import, Export was his second film, followed by hugely successful Paradise trilogy. In the Basement (2014) and Safari (2016) are his latest films.