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Ulrich Seidl Reveals New Film Details

Magazine article Screen International

Ulrich Seidl Reveals New Film Details

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Midway through International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the In the Basement director has talked about his period drama; while George Takei has revealed details on his WWII project and Autlook and picked up new titles.

Speaking at Amsterdam's EYE centre, controversial Austrian director Ulrich Seidl, whose latest doc In The Basement (sold by Coproduction Office) is screening at the festival, revealed further details of his forthcoming costume film.

The film, a historical drama set in the late 18th century, has a working title of Herr Grasl. It is set in "the milieu of the poorest of the poor".

These are young people, returning from war and having to engage in criminal activities to survive. Its main character is Herr. Grasl, a real-life Robin Hood-like figure who lived in the northern part of Austria fought back against the authorities and was eventually hanged at the age of 26. The film promises to be Seidl's most ambitious yet.

"That is why I've waited so long to do it," said the director. "It's a very expensive project and I want to use my method and have the freedoms that I am used to."

Seidl is producing himself and is putting it together as an international coproduction, with around 30% of the budget coming from Austria.

The costume drama is likely to be made without stars.

"There are many famous actors in Germany and Austria who would like to work with but it wouldn't work at all because they don't know how I work or the method that I follow," he added. …

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