Safari is a holiday film about killing. In DocPoint 2016 director Ulrich Seidl shocked audiences with his film In the Basement. Now he returns with a new film. In the African savannas Austrian and German trophy hunters lie in the bushes waiting for their prey. When they finally shoot a zebra or an antelope or some other unsuspecting animal, they photograph themselves smiling happily by the side of the carcass. They might even cry a bit – out of joy and excitement.

After the kill, local workers load the carcasses into pick-ups and drive them away. Out of sight and out of mind, in sad silence, the animals are skinned and cut to pieces.

Safari is a visually impressive and brutally truthful study into the European trophy tourism. It is an ugly portrait of the neo-colonialism and the recreational killing, but also a shocking glimpse into the deep dark depths of the human soul.

Viivi Myllylä / Translation: Tuomo Karvonen

Language: German, English, Afrikaans
Subtitles: English

  • Director: Ulrich Seidl
  • Country: Austria, Denmark
  • Year: 2016
  • Length: 91 min
  • Age limit: K16
  • Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler
  • Editing: Christof Schertenleib
  • Production: Ulrich Seidl / Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion


  • Cinema Sõprus: Saturday 28.01 - 14:00