by Ulrich Seidl


Africa. In the wild expanses, where bushbucks, impalas, zebras, gnus and other creatures graze by the thousands, they are on holiday. German and Austrian hunting tourists drive through the bush, lie in wait, stalk their prey. They shoot, sob with excitement and pose before the animals they have bagged. A vacation movie about killing, a movie about human nature.



With Safari I wasn’t interested in showing the wealthy, the aristocrats, the sheikhs and the oligarchs hunting big game in Africa, but rather the normal, the ordinary hunter. For many years now, hunting in Africa has been affordable for the average citizen of the West. I set out to discover and show what motivates such people to hunt, and why they can even become obsessed by it. But along the way the film also became a film about killing. About killing for pleasure without ever facing danger, about killing as a kind of emotional liberation.

Country: Austria, Denmark, Germany
Year: 2016
Running time: 90'
Genre: documentary
Screenplay: Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler, Jerzy Palacz
Editing: Christof Schertenleib
Produced by: Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion, Österreichischer Rundfunk (ORF), ARTE Deutschland, Danish Documentary Production, WDR Westdeutscher Rundfunk

Festival: Premiére al Festival di Venezia 2016 - Fuori Concorso. Presentato poi nei seguenti Festival Internazionali: Toronto IFF, Bergen IFF, Zurigo FF, ArteKino / Online European FF, Nouveau Cinema Montréal, BFI London FF, Busan FF, Bogota IFF, All About Freedom FF Gdansk, Haifa FF, Mumbai FF. Kyiv IFF Molodist, Hof FF, Tokyo IFF, Sevilla Festival de Cine Europeo, Duisburger Filmwoche, IFF Braunschweig, Los Cabos IFF, Taipei Golden Horse FF, Heimspiel - Das Regensburger Filmfest, Mar del Plata, 11th Around The World in 14 Films Festival Berlin, Filmmaker Festival, Tbilisi IFF, Visioni Fuori Raccordo, Pune IFF, DocPoint - Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, IFFR, Göteborg FF, Austrian film week, Stockfish FF Reykkjavik , ZagrebDox IDFF, True/False Columbia USA, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, Offscreen FF Brüssel, Sofia IFF, The Festival Of Documentary Films Ljubljana, CPH:DOX Kopenhagen, Docville Louvain, Eurodok Oslo, Istanbul FF, Hong-Kong FF, Espoo Cine, EDOC-Festival Quito

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