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In the Basement (2014)

Im Keller (original title)
Not Rated | | Documentary | 26 September 2014 (Austria)
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A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.


Ulrich Seidl


Veronika Franz (idea & concept), Ulrich Seidl (idea & concept)
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Cast overview:
Fritz Lang Fritz Lang ... Himself
Alfreda Klebinger Alfreda Klebinger ... Herself
Manfred Ellinger Manfred Ellinger ... Himself
Inge Ellinger Inge Ellinger ... Herself
Josef Ochs Josef Ochs ... Himself
Alessa Duchek Alessa Duchek ... Herself
Gerald Duchek Gerald Duchek ... Himself
Cora Kitty Cora Kitty ... Herself
Peter Vokurek Peter Vokurek ... Himself
Walter Holzer Walter Holzer ... Himself


A documentary that reveals what its subjects do in their respective basements.

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Austria | Germany



Release Date:

26 September 2014 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

In the Basement See more »

Filming Locations:

Austria See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$748, 8 November 2015

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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In Spain was only released in 10 copies/11 theaters. Released only in subtitled version. See more »


Es zittern die morschen Knochen
written by Hans Baumann
performed by Josef Ochs
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The Edge of Reality
29 July 2017 | by jupiter303See all my reviews

If you aren't familiar with Ulrich Seidl's work than this may not be the film you should start with. I am a big fan of course, so I may be biased.

What I love about his work is probably what many people don't like. You're never too sure if what he is showing is reality or something he created. Some of his films are real documentary and some of them are fiction. But which is which? They all feel similar and all have a similar tone. They are psychological and deep, they leave you wondering about different life situations (Bukowski fans take note).

"Wonder", this was the original intent of cinema, to leave an audience wondering. But a simple Buster Keaton film won't do the trick anymore and if CGI and explosions are your thing, Seidl won't be your thing either.

This brings us to the "actors" and this is where Seidl is making art. No big name actors, not even expensive actors, but the reality is there, it sucks you in piece by piece. Where does he find these people? That alone is an incredible talent, if they aren't actors in the traditional sense of the word. Each one is a deep character unto themselves. Are they actors or are they real people? You'll get dizzy thinking about it.

I recommend starting with "Import / Export" or "Models", then you'll know if Seidl is your thing. If you have a hard time with some of the off-beat realities of real life, or a hard life, you should look elsewhere. It's not horror, but is a bit of shock.

I'm grateful for Seidl because very little cinema moves me anymore in the way that he does. I hope he never stops.

This is art house cinema for the modern age folks.

8 out of 10 stars plus another because it's Seidl.

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