A Must See Movie! Ulrichs Seidl´s new, not always true, documentary about Austrians and their cellars, shows a hidden world and preposterous world. The scenery is calm as usual, Seidl simply found great pictures again. The film is about people and their obsessions. The film is about basements and what people do in them in their free time. The film is about brass-band music and opera arias, expensive furniture and cheap men’s jokes, sexuality and sadism, fitness and fascism, whips and dolls, snakes and guns, love and the longing for love. Im Keller is a film essay and Ulrich Seidl’s return to the documentary form after his wide-ranging PARADIES trilogy. Using the film tableaux so typical of Ulrich Seidl, Im Keller explores the underground of the Austrian soul.
Director’s Statement” The basement in Austria is a place of free time and the private sphere. Many Austrians spend more time in the basement of their home than in their living room, which often is only for show. In the basement they actually indulge their needs, their hobbies, passions and obsessions. But in our unconscious, the basement is also a place of darkness, a place of fear, a place of human abysses.”
Im Keller (In the Basement) by Ulrich Seidl – Austria, 82′ / language: German – s/t English, Italian (documentary) www.im-keller.at