In the Basement: Ulrich Seidel’s Docu about Secrets and Fetishes

Maverick director Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, The Paradise Trilogy) delves into yet another exploration of the dark underside of the human psyche with a look at Austrian basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes.

As usual, no desire or proclivity is off-limits to Seidl’s camera, which takes in the opera-singing gunslinger, the Hitler-loving brass band, a hunter of exotic species and the passionate devotees of S&M.

Seidel probes with an equal measure of curiosity and compassion, letting the viewers decide if what they are observing is just bizarre or downright perverse.

World premiering at the Venice Film Fest, In the Basement will be released in the US by Strand.

Running time: 81 Minutes