|Photography:||Ed Lachman, Wolfgang Thaler|
|Screenplay:||Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz|
|Staring:||Ekateryna Rak, Paul Hofmann, Michael Thomas, Maria Hofstätter, Georg Friedrich, Natalija Baranova, Natalia Epureanu, Petra Morzé, Dirk Stermann, Erich Finsches|
|Production:||Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH|
|Sales:||Asociácia slovenských filmových klubov|
|Distribution:||Asociácia slovenských filmových klubov|
Import: Olga, a young nurse in Ukraine, looks for a better life in the West. She emigrates to Austria and becomes a cleaning lady in a geriatric hospital, where an 82-year-old patient proposes to her.
Export: Paul, a young Austrian ex-security guard, is looking for a reason to get up in the mornings and heads East with his stepfather to try his luck. They end up in Slovakia and later on in the Ukraine, where alcohol and girls are abundant.It won the Grand Prix at the Jerevan IFF in 2007. Director’s statement:
“Every film of mine has its own laws and none of them comes easily to me. For years I have wanted to make a film in Eastern Europe, because I feel very close to the people there. So I began writing stories that move from East to West and West to East. My scripts are only outlines for what to shoot. At some point the filming begins and my crew and I start on a journey. The journey has a destination but nobody knows the route it will take to get there. For me making a film is always a strenuous process and often involves a lot of suffering. I don’t make it easy for myself or my collaborators; each of my films is an adventure that I have to fight hard for.”
Ulrich Seidl (1952, Vienna) is the director of numerous award-winning documentaries such as Jesus, du weißt [Jesus, You Know], Models [Models] and Tierische Liebe [Animal Love]. His work methods, achieving the greatest possible authenticity and showing people in the most solitary and personal moments, has aroused intense debate. His first fiction feature, Hundstage [Dog Days], won the Jury’s Grand Prix at the 2001 Venice Film Festival. Import Export is the first film that Seidl has also produced.