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11 October 2007 (Czech Republic) See more »
A nurse from the Ukraine searches for a better life in the West, while an unemployed security guard from Austria heads East for the same reason. | Add synopsis »
2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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  (in credits order)
Ekateryna Rak ... Olga
Lidiya Oleksandrivna Savka ... Olgas Mutter
Oksana Ivanivna Sklyarenko ... Olgas Baby
Dmytro Andriyovich Gachkov ... Olgas Bruder
Natalya Baranova ... Olgas Freundin in der Ukraine (as Natalija Baranova)
Miloslava Kubkova ... Web Sex Hausmeisterin
Katka Ackermannová ... Web Sex Girl
Lucie Radlová ... Web Sex Girl
Zdenka Tothová ... Web Sex Girl
Natalja Epureanu ... Olgas Freundin in Österreich (as Natalia Epureanu)
Gerhard Komarek ... Putzfirma Instruktor
Herta Wonesch ... Frau mit ausgestopftem Fuchs
Petra Morzé ... Mutter Einfamilienhaus
Lisa Hubbauer ... Tochter Einfamilienhaus
Ronald Volny ... Aufsicht Reinigungsfrauen Geriatrie
Maria Hofstätter ... Schwester Maria
Georg Friedrich ... Pfleger Andi
Erich Finsches ... Herr Schlager
Gerhard Fuchs ... Alleinunterhalter Geriatrie
Margarete Schlamm ... Patientin Geriatrie
Sissy Nöster ... Patientin Geriatrie
Katharina Riedinger ... Patientin Geriatrie
Olga Macho ... Patientin Geriatrie
Magdalena Vorlaufert ... Patientin Geriatrie
Christine Ewal ... Patientin Geriatrie
Karoline Friedrich ... Patientin Geriatrie
Herta Sezemsky ... Patientin Geriatrie
Gertrude Strommer ... Patientin Geriatrie
Hans Buxbaum ... Patient Geriatrie
Josef Haller ... Patient Geriatrie
Walter Neukirch ... Patient Geriatrie
Karl Schandl ... Patient Geriatrie
Rudolf Schneider ... Patient Geriatrie
Nikolaus Tscholitsch ... Patient Geriatrie
Alexander Kato ... Patient Geriatrie
Paul Hofmann ... Paul
Peter Linduska ... Security Ausbilder
Marco Dobianer ... Securitytruppe
Serdar Caliskan ... Securitytruppe
Thomas Nash ... Securitytruppe
Harald Huschka ... Securitytruppe
Lukas Prusa ... Securitytruppe
Gerald Uwira ... Securitytruppe
Michael Komzak ... Securitytruppe
Christina York ... Pauls Freundin
Michael Thomas ... Pauls Stiefvater

Brigitte Kren ... Pauls Mutter
Ramazan Akpinar ... Türkenbande
Cemkaan Akbulut ... Türkenbande
Sinan Saridogan ... Türkenbande
Akin Öztürk ... Türkenbande
Martin Fiedler ... Schuldner
Alexander Sykora ... Schuldenentreiber
Dirk Stermann ... Job Coach Arbeitsamt
Miliza Jovic ... Frau am Arbeitsamt
Christofer Pucher ... Automatenhändler
Marta Totova ... Frau im Cafe in der Slowakei
Alexander Mroc ... Roma
Ján Horváth ... Roma
Dezider Hricko ... Roma
Jozef Balog ... Roma
Mária Mrocová ... Roma Girl
Nikola Mrocová ... Roma Girl
Diana ... Mädchen in der Disco
Anastasia Sergeyeva ... Prostituierte Hotelzimmer

Directed by
Ulrich Seidl 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Veronika Franz 
Ulrich Seidl 

Produced by
Maxim Asadchiy .... line producer (as Maxim Asadchy)
Philippe Bober .... co-producer
Ulrich Seidl .... producer
Lucki Stipetic .... producer
Original Music by
Roman Gottwald 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Wolfgang Thaler 
Film Editing by
Christof Schertenleib 
Production Design by
Andreas Donhauser 
Renate Martin 
Art Direction by
Alexandra Maringer 
Julia Oberndorfinger 
Costume Design by
Silvia Pernegger 
Makeup Department
Silvia Pernegger .... makeup department head
Production Management
Max Linder .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Daniel Hoesl .... assistant director
Art Department
Hubert Klausner .... property master
Sound Department
Ekkehart Baumung .... sound
Sebastian Heyser .... foley editor
Peter Klinkenberg .... foley artist
Erik Mischijew .... sound designer
Matz Müller .... sound designer
Sebastian Schmidt .... foley editor
Editorial Department
Jimmy Mann .... colorist: dailies
Other crew
Alexandra Maringer .... location scout
Louis Oellerer .... location manager
Elisabeth Zemann .... production coordinator

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141 min | South Korea:123 min
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4 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
This film needs exporting to the mouths of hell!, 5 April 2012
Author: Maz Murdoch (asda-man) from United Kingdom

Holy hell I have never had such a night. I recorded "Import/Export" on Film4, it was on there as part of the "Extreme Season" and thought that I'd give it a watch because it looked quite unsettling and I expected it to be slow-paced, yet gripping. It was none of those things. It wasn't even slow paced, it was beyond slow paced, I didn't even know a film could be this slow paced! I gave it a watch last night, and I understand that it was about 2hrs 30mins long but it felt like 4 and a half hours. I didn't actually read anything up about the film before viewing it, because I thought it was one of those films like "The Ordeal" where its better to let things unfold before knowing what's going to happen. Why the hell does this have an average rating of 7.0? I feel generous giving it 1!

I don't often give films 1/10 because I can usually find something positive like the directing, or the effect it had on me. I even gave Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" 2/10 on the account of it making me feel so uncomfortable and feeling disturbed that it's and experience I'll never forget. Similary "Import/Export" is an experience I'm not likely forget and not for the right reasons. I'll never forget it because I never knew that film could be this boring! Think of "Amelie" or "Mouln Rouge". Do you remember how full of energy and life they were? Well, "Import/Export" is the absolute polar-opposite of these films. Now, I'm not trying to say that it should be as full of life as those films because that clearly isn't what it's trying to go for here. But, what I am saying is it should just have a little bit of something that actually leads it on a path to somewhere.

The film's biggest issue was that it didn't have a plot. So there are these two stories. One about a Ukrainian lady who goes around looking for a job, the system goes, finds one, loses it, finds one loses it and these jobs aren't exciting either, nothing happens that is significant in them at all. The second one is about a father and a step son going around looking for a job, this time with a twist (wait for it!!) they're looking for one IN the Ukraine! I know! I couldn't believe its interesting originality either! Oh, and guess what. Nothing happens. For the already long over-running time their is actually no content in the film. I believe the director's intentions was to show the truth about our human world and show how depraved we can be. Listen mate, I don't mind if you show me this, but at least present in a more exciting way. The two characters travel a road with pointless encounters that leads to nowhere and so does the film.

The characters are completely unidentifiable, they're given little character and have little things to like about them. One's an immigrant who can't communicate the Austrian language and the other ones immigrants who can't speak the Ukrainian language. Hooray! Fun times. And who can forget the absolutely horrendous sexual imagery that served no purpose but to poison the viewers mind and probably to excite the perverted director. Some images were like porn. In fact it was porn really. The director said that he wanted these two scenes in to show the truth, that these things actually happen and people are too happy to brush it under the carpet. He said that he wanted to make them long so that it would have an impact. Yeah right, he's just a pervert! Listen here, Moon Unit, I know that the sex industry exists and I know about prostitution so you don't need to shove pointless pornographic images down my throat to understand that! If I wanted to watch porn, I'd go down to "WHSmiths" and look in the "Adult" section, but I don't want to watch porn! I want to watch a decent film! "Import/Export" is probably the worst film I've ever seen.

I felt like I spent my whole life down in that sitting room and I seriously am struggling to think of a film I'd rather not watch than sit through this again! I can't understand why I didn't stop it? I've come close to stopping a film before ("Live Feed") but I've never actually done it. If I made it through "Import/Export" I think that I could probably watch anything with glee. So, weirdly I don't regret watching it, because now I can watch anything and see how so much better it is compared to this. The scenes with the geriatric patients were sometimes quite distressing and so the final scene was quite haunting for me. But, that doesn't change any of my views about this film. It's a plot less, characterless, scriptless mess that shouldn't be allowed to play on screens without giving a health warning first. I've heard people call films a 'snooze-fest' and I think that this is pretty much the definition on one.

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