LA Premiere: WHORES' GLORY (Michael Glawogger, 2011)
Event Date: March 6, 2012 - 7:30pm
Location: The James Bridges Theater, Melnitz Hall 1409, UCLA
WHORES' GLORY is a cinematic triptych on prostitution: three countries, three languages, three religions. In Thailand, women wait for clients behind glass panes, staring at reflections of themselves. In Bangladesh, men go to a ghetto of love to satisfy their unfulfilled desires on indentured girls. And in Mexico, women pray to a female death to avoid facing their own reality. In worlds where the most intimate act has become a commodity, these women have physically and emotionally experienced everything that can happen between a man and a woman. For this they have always received money, but it has not made their lives rich in anything but stories.
Co-sponsored by the UCLA Center for the Study of Women
Horizons Award - Special Mention, Venice International Film Festival
Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival
Official Selection, BFI London Film Festival
“Thriving on contradiction and observational curiosity as usual, Glawogger still resolutely rejects social cause-pandering, but scratches for something deeper by contrasting the rituals of love (for sale) in three different cultures, religions and economies: a look not just at prostitution, but the relationships between men and women in contemporary society that yields telling and ambivalent insights. Another major work, and the only Austrian feature-length film of importance in the upper echelons of the festival circuit this year.” –Christoph Huber, Cinema Scope
“The film looks amazing...Glawogger must be the world’s foremost visual poet of cities at night, of sodium- and strip-lights. Like his previous films MEGACITIES and WORKINGMAN’S DEATH, it’s a complex, multifaceted, non-judgmental study of working conditions and what it takes to survive in these environments. There are horrors, for sure, but also pleasures, and a great deal of exuberance and togetherness.” -Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound
“Visually indifferent advocacy docs on sex trafficking are commonplace; here Glawogger stands out as a real filmmaker.” –Scott Tobias, AV Club
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Michael Glawogger
Blu-Ray, 110 min.