“Paradise: Love” made its world premiere in competition at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. “Paradise: Faith” just had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the jury prize.
“Paradise: Love” is set on the beaches of Kenya, where European “Sugar Mamas” seek male companionship. The film focuses on Teresa, a 50-year-old Austrian mother who buys the affections of the men on the island. “Paradise: Faith” focuses on Teresa’s sister, Anna Maria, a single woman in her 50s whose husband, an Egyptian Muslim confined to a wheelchair, returns and throws her life off balance.
“Paradise: Hope” will premiere in 2013 and deals with Teresa’s daughter, who finds love when she goes to a diet camp for teenagers. Strand plans for a 2013 release for all three films beginning in the first quarter.
Originally conceived as a single film, but Seidl broke it into thirds after spending four years in production. Previous films by Seidl include “Dog Days” “Import Export.”
The deal was made between Jon Gerrans of Strand Releasing and Olimpia Pont Cháfer of Coproduction Office.