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OT: Sparta

Ulrich Seidl // Austria, Germany, France, 2022
Fiction Feature // FF2022
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Ulrich Seidl’s latest film is about the inescapability of one’s own past and the pain of finding oneself. Sparta is the brother piece to Rimini and together with it forms a cinematic diptych. Years ago, Ewald (Georg Friedrich), who is in his mid-forties, moved to Romania. Now he dares to make a new start. He leaves his girlfriend and moves to the impoverished rural wasteland, where he and a group of prepubescent boys from the surrounding area convert a dilapidated school building into a fortress. There, the children discover a lightheartedness they never knew before – but the villagers’ suspicions are not long in coming. And Ewald has to face a long-repressed truth.



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ULRICH SEIDL (*1952) is one of the most important and radical auteur filmmakers in European cinema and oscillates between feature and documentary film with his multi-award-winning work. With his Paradise Trilogy (2012/2013), he became only the second filmmaker after Krzysztof Kieslowski to achieve a festival hat trick: The three films premiered consecutively in Cannes, Venice and Berlin.



Fiction Feature

German, Romanian


Austria, Germany, France


101 min

OV with German subtitles

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Coproduction Office

Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion GmbH; Essential Films; Parisienne de Production; Bayerischer Rundfunk; Arte France Cinéma in collaboration with Arte

Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion; Coproduction Office; Essential Filmproduktion; Parisienne de Production; Bayerischer Rundfunk; Arte France Cinéma

Bayerischer Rundfunk; Arte France Cinéma in Zusammenarbeit mit Arte; ORF Film/Fernseh-Abkommen

Coproduction Office, Cecilia Pezzini: festivals@coproductionoffice.eu


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