Powerful and rewarding, filled with striking imagery shot by cameraman Ed Lachman (Erin Brockovich, Far From Heaven) and featuring extraordinarily potent performances from its cast, Import Export is the new film from director Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days). A tour de force journey through modern-day Europe, Import Export tells two parallel stories: Olga (Ekateryna Rak) who leaves behind her mother and young child in the Ukraine to seek out a better life in Vienna; and a headstrong young security guard (Paul Hofmann) who leaves Vienna to accompany his stepfather on a trip delivering gumball machines in Eastern Europe. Hailed by critics as a startling and bold film, it is without doubt recent European cinema s most provocative and audacious investigation of the post-Soviet universe and the new relations between East and West.
IMPORT/EXPORT focuses on two very different stories: a young woman who leaves her life and child in the Ukraine to travel to Vienna to become a nurse; and that of Paul, a stubborn security guard who journeys from Vienna to Eastern Europe, accompanying his stepfather on a trip to sell gumball machines. Gorgeously shot and exquisitely acted by an impeccable cast, IMPORT/EXPORT is a masterwork and one of 2008's best reviewed films.