TIFF 2016 Movie Review: SAFARI (Austria 2016) ***

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auf_safari_poster.jpg SAFARI (Austria 2016) ***
Directed by Ulrich Seidl

Review by Gilbert Seah

Austrian director Ulrich Seidl is known for his ‘shock’ movies that are more than provocative. His films DOG DAYS, the PARADISE trilogy and his latest SAFARI are not for everyone.

At least half a dozen critics walked out dying the press screening for SAFARI. There is a lot of blood and guts, displayed when the animals shot on SAFARI are gutted in real time. Seidl’s film is also very sly in its humour – the way the over privileged hunters justify the killings as humane.

Seidl provides his audience with access points into the thrill-seeking and power-hungry tourism of the “sport.” Guided by an official hunter and a local hunting caddy, his protagonists appear as nothing more than opportunist marksmen.

A lot of his scenes are set up with his stationary camera while his characters move in and then out of the frame. Occasionally, the camera would track his characters after they move into the frame.

SAFARI is an unforgettable and remarkable feature, if one can handle it.

Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVMktu2Seuk

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