Estonian premiere

Sparta

Local title
Sparta
Title in Russian
Спарта
Director
Ulrich Seidl
Country
Austria, Germany, France
Year
2022
Programme
Critics' Pics - Out of Competition
Genre
drama
Subject
Society, sport

“Sparta”, the latest film by one of the world’s most genius directors, Ulrich Seidl, is the second part of his brilliant cinematographic triptych about being, love, abysses and especially how our past is always part of our present. “Sparta” is a follow-up to Seidl’s previous film “Rimini” which was screened in this year’s Berlinale competition programme and was highly praised at the Palić Film Festival.

Ewald (the always brilliant Austrian enfant terrible Georg Friedrich) moves from Austria to Romania to do a fresh and urgent restart in his life. After separating from his girlfriend, he and a group of Romanian doys transform a deserted school-building into a Judo camp which is actually a fortress called Sparta.

While “Rimini” is hilarious in the style of Lynch's “Wild at Heart”, full of chintzy and creeps-tickling music and performances, “Sparta” is sensitive, subtle, even devout cinematic pearl. As always, an outstanding combination of Ulrich’s masterful directorial abilities and the skills of all his cinematographic departments form a dream team. Just to mention la grande dame of editing, Mona Willi.

We want to dedicate this screening to the memory of the late outstanding actor Hans-Michael Rehberg, who played his last role in this film.

Niki Nikitin

Director
Ulrich Seidl
Screenwriter
Ulrich Seidl, Veronika Franz
Cast
Georg Friedrich, Florentina Elena Pop, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Marius Ignat, Octavian-Nicolae Cocis
Producer
Ulrich Seidl
DoP
Wolfgang Thaler, Serafin Spitzer
Editor
Monika Willi
Production
Ulrich Seidl Filmproduktion, Essential Films, Parisienne de Production, Bayerischer Rundfunk, ARTE FRANCE CINÉMA
Distributor
Filmstop Inspiration
World sales
Coproduction Office
Runtime
Language
Romanian, German
Subtitles
Estonian, Russian
Director
Ulrich Seidl

Filmograafia Good News (1990, doc), Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen (1992, doc, Kadudega tuleb arvestada, PÖFF 2003), Die letzten Männer (The Last Real Men, 1994, doc), Tierische Liebe (Animal Love, 1995, doc), Models (1998, doc), Hundstage (2001, Leitsakupäevad, PÖFF 2002), Jesus, Du weisst (Jesus, You Know, 2003, doc), Import/Export (2007, PÖFF 2008), Paradies: Liebe (Paradise: Love, 2012), Paradies: Glaube (Paradiis: Usk, PÖFF 2012), Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradiis: lootus, 2013), Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013, doc), Im Keller (Keldris, 2014), Safari (2016, doc), Rimini (2022), Sparta (2022).

Screenings

9th Hall Apollo Kino Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening120702 / Sparta
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Screening duration
2nd Hall Apollo Kino Solaris
Screening131105 / Sparta
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Screening duration
Hall Electric Cinema, Tartu
Screening142204 / Sparta
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian, Russian
Screening duration