Dir. Ulrich Seidl | Documentary | 91mins | Austria | 2016 | Sydney Premiere

Time Sat 16 Sep, 12pm

Price Full $16 / Conc $14

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Please note, this film is strictly R18+, you must be 18 years or older to attend.


Played: Venice Film Festival 2016, Hot Docs 2016, IFFR 2017, Doc Point 2017, Perth Revelation Film Festival 2017.

Crafting both a vacation movie about killing and a film about human nature, Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days) returns to Africa for this raw, grimly humorous portrait of European tourists hunting animals for sport. The Austrian provocateur’s filmography has been characterised by non-conformity and controversial topics, and his latest film is no exception. With the documentary Safari, Seidl turns his camera to the controversial topic of trophy hunting. Following German and Austrian tourists through South Africa and Namibia as they stalk and hunt magnificent animals, Seidl brings us closer to the darkest depths of humanity than he ever has before. Mixing his familiar portrait-style interviews with on-the-ground animal tracking, the film provides privileged access to the rituals his trophy-hunting subjects find so empowering. Safari not only offers a visually stunning and brutally truthful insight into neo-colonialism and recreational killing, but also a shocking glimpse into the deep dark depths of the human soul.

“Ulrich Seidl continues to amaze and unnerve in this brilliantly composed, deeply upsetting portrait of tourist hunters in Africa.” –Guy Lodge, Variety. “A real masterpiece of Austrian “feel bad” cinema. A provocative piece of filmmaking, and it once again places Seidl right on the exciting forefront of what could and should be considered documentary filmmaking.” – Thomas Humphrey, Screen Anarchy. “[Seidl’s] fascination is that of an anthropologist with a wide-angle microscope. Safari is the kind of film nobody else could make. Seidl knows how to push the audience’s buttons, but there’s nothing preachy, self-righteous, or demeaning about it. It plainly and artistically presents the facts, and leaves enormous space for the audience to make up their own mind.” – Rory O’Connor, The Film Stage.

“An unclassifiable work of a great and provocative nature, with a clear mission: to draw the viewer out of his comfort zone.” – Xavi Sanchez Pons, Sensacine.

“Once more Seidl probes the dark side of human nature with deadpan acuity… Safari emerges as one of his darkest works overall” – Christopher Huber, Cinema Scope.

SAFARI is an unforgettable and remarkable feature, if one can handle it.” – Gilbert Seah, Film Festival Reviews.

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