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Director Ulrich Seidl's despairing, relentlessly downbeat social drama Import/Export unfolds against the backdrop of contemporary Europe. Olga (Ekateryna Rak) is a single mother struggling to raise her child with a very meager income from her nursing job in a Ukrainian hospital. In desperation, she takes a job as a nude webcam model for an adult entertainment outfit that caters to German men, then quickly decides that life in her town is unbearable, and ultimately leaves her child with her mother, heading west to search for a better life. Meanwhile, in Austria, ne'er-do-well loser Pauli (Paul Hofmann) lives with his mother and his greasy-haired stepfather, Michael (Michael Thomas), to whom he's increasingly indebted. Pauli is training to be a security guard, but gets stripped, then relentlessly beaten and assaulted by a gang of youths. Eventually, Pauli and Michael hit the road together, delivering poker and gumball machines to locations across Eastern Europe, and Michael reveals a truly degenerate side, using his time on the road for a string of sexual encounters with different women. At the same time, Olga makes her way to Austria, enduring a series of occupations including those of au pair, maid, and eventually, charwoman in a geriatric hospital plagued by mistreatment of the elderly. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:July 31, 2009

Cast

Ekateryna Rak
as Olga
Paul Hofmann
as Pauli
Michael Thomas
as Michael
Maria Hofstatter
as Sister Maria
Petra Morzé
as Mother in family home
Georg Friedrich
as Nurse Andi
Natalya Baranova
as Christina (Olga's friend in the Ukraine)
Natalia Epureanu
as Nataschka
Erich Finsches
as Erich Schlager
Brigitte Kren
as Paul's mother

Crew

Ulrich Seidl
Director
Ulrich Seidl
Producer
Klaus Pridnig
Producer
Ulrich Seidl
Screenwriter
Veronika Franz
Screenwriter
Edward Lachman
Cinematographer
Wolfgang Thaler
Cinematographer
Marcus Davy
Composer (Music Score)
Andreas Donhauser
Art Director
Renate Martin
Art Director
Philippe Bober
Co-producer
Max Linder
Executive Producer
Renate Martin
Sound/Sound Designer
Ekkehart Baumung
Sound/Sound Designer
Veronika Franz
Casting
Eva Roth
Casting
Max Linder
Production Manager
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