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Whores' Glory (Michael Glawogger, Germany/Austria, 2011) w/director in person

  • May 4, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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UPDATE 4/30: Given the movie's subject matter, I've decided not to require RSVPs.  Regardless, please do look for me at the theater.

Note: Showtime is 7 p.m.  Running time is 117 minutes.  Film contains nudity and explicit (but brief) sex.  Tickets are $5.50 for BAM/PFA members and Cal students, $9.50 general, and $6.50 for the disabled, youths 17 and under, non-Cal students, and seniors 65 and over, available at the BAM/PFA Web site.  We'll meet in the lobby beforehand, and anyone who has trouble finding the venue or the group can call Alby at[masked]-5971.

Michael Glawogger completes his globalization trilogy -- a set of documentaries on labor in developing countries -- with "Whores' Glory," an unblinking, non-exploitative ridealong through the red-light districts of Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.  Winner of the Special Orizzonti Jury Prize at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.

After the film, Glawogger will appear in person for a conversation with film critic Dennis Lim of The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times.

The event is part of BAM/PFA's series Afterimage: Filmmakers and Critics in Conversation, and will be joined over the weekend by the other entries in Glawogger's trilogy, "Megacities" (1998) and "Workingman's Death" (2005), as well as Glawogger's thriller "Kill Daddy Good Night" (2009).

WARNING! Trailer contains nudity and other objectionable content: http://www.whoresglory.com/trailer.htm

"A daring, novelistic and unforgettable account" -- Andrew O'Hehr, Salon.com
"Quietly powerful" -- Stephen Holden, The New York Times
"Enlightening, sublimely uncomfortable, and necessary" -- Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

Official selection of the Venice, BFI London, Toronto, Goteborg (Sweden), Santa Barbara, Montreal International Documentary, International Documentary (Amsterdam), Tallinn Black Nights (Estonia), Discovery Zone (Luxembourg), Carnegie Mellon and Magnificent Seven (Serbia) festivals

We'll chat over dinner after the movie.

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  • Ted

    Dogs, whores, & Herzog. Common theme Herzog addressed is man vs nature (nature itself & man's nature). Dogs in Glawogger's flick symbolizes that the order of separation between man and dog is not as great as we would like to believe. Likewise for "us" and "whores" (& johns) to interpolate. We must address our nature first to effectively address the "problem" of prostitution. Glawogger's microscope is not on whores. It's on us.

    May 6, 2012

  • al9000

    this was no pretty woman flick, a docu that did it up unconventional style w/out the preach'n/iron fist message why whore'n is badd. instead it told the real dealio from the daily lives of hookas themselves in 3 different countries. no real sob stories of abuse,etc. and not whole lot of explict crapz...even the doggie orgy scene was longer than anything. wished he showed mo of the johns & pimps sides but, did a great job shoot'n it w/ bright color & style. luved la zone mexico scene cuz get'n yo rocks off is all biz like order'n from mickey D's & yea in all 3 countries negotiate'n is key! great roll'n out to bezerkeley for a change and late night greasy eats w/ the gang. thx for organizing alby.

    May 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was emotionally stimulated. That was a unique experience for me.

    May 5, 2012

  • Alby

    Withering and astounding ... not so much for its content, but for its making. Glawogger embraces the "Art is a lie" tenet with an abandon that few artists have, using every artifice at his disposal (and making no secret of it) to dissolve his subjects' defenses and create images that are, in a sense, realer than anything a hidden camera could have captured. The Q&A was one of the few I've attended that have felt necessary rather than take-it-or-leave-it -- Glawogger, something of a mad-genius Werner Herzog type, acquitted himself as a filmmaker with no agenda except for sharing his vision of the world.

    May 5, 2012

  • Benny

    The dog and last sex scenes speak the truth to the director’s ejaculations on his film canvas - a juxtaposition of his own claiming of allowing his subjects to be authentic. Yet, he embodied with his subjects. Imposing to be apolitical is his continue acceptance of the inhumane conditions suffering by many women worldwide and he calls this art.

    May 5, 2012

  • Ted

    to love them, and love them deeply. Gorgeous, long, floating camera takes (not a single crap shaky video-camera shot). Cut like a full feature narrative. A brutal, artistic, poignant, and in the end, endearing look into the hearts and minds of the world's oldest profession (and their johns).Truth felt, not told.

    May 5, 2012

  • Ted

    wogger does something similar -- he catches his protagonists sky high, pant-less, panty-less, spread-eagle/full-frontal and stubbled (literally), and so, totally in the moment and entirely vulnerable, rendering some of the most truthful, haunting and unforgettable scenes and performances you'll ever catch not only in a "documentary", but a full feature narrative. Many of his subjects have a natural gift of gab and have a natural way to intimate to the camera -- and the camera has no choice but

    May 5, 2012

  • Ted

    as is Glawogger's dramatic arc and story telling in fact. What amazed me the most about the documentary were the performances Glawogger extracted from his protagonists --particularly some of the monologs at the end of the movie that couldn't have been written better by Tarantino or Mamet themselves. The performances were mesmerizing. Marlon Brando was highly trained to put himself in the state of utmost vulnerability and "ugliness" necessary for a wide-open, truthful, intimate performance. Glaw

    May 5, 2012

  • Ted

    performing super-moving voiceover monologs. Nor do you get the feel the film has documentary lighting (even though it does) or is super-16. Rather. Glawogger weaves a slick, highly stylized, hi-res, super-saturated (think kodachrome 64), non-didactic, multiprotagonist, Terence-Malick-like stream of consciousness narrative (!) more akin to Altman's "Nashville" than than a "regular" documentary -- only the "acting", truthfulness, dialog (and monolog), of Glawogger's protagonists are way better (!)

    May 5, 2012

  • Ted

    To me, "Whore's Glory" takes documentary cinema verite to the next level and I am eager to follow its influence on future documentary films (as well as its influence on narratives!). This is not the average conventional documentary. It doesn't have an underlying political agenda that ruins its truthfulness. It is not an expose; nor is it journalistic reportage. It doesn't have static shots of stills; nor is there archival film footage. It doesn't have (the Burnsian) academy award winning actors

    May 5, 2012

  • Alby

    Heading in at 6:50. Look for us after the show if you don't find us sooner.

    May 4, 2012

  • Alby

    Carbonwong: It'll play at one of SF's Landmark theaters for a week starting May 25 -- stay tuned to landmarktheatres.com for details. But no word on whether the director will appear, and I'll be unable to host (I'll be out of town).

    May 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Impossible to make it due to crazy traffic on bay bridge at that time - will they have a showing in SF?

    May 3, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    wish i could make it :(

    May 2, 2012

  • Alby

    Dig the impressionistic voiceover in the trailer. Very Malick-esque.

    May 2, 2012

  • Alby

    UPDATE 4/30: Given the movie's subject matter, I've decided not to require RSVPs. Regardless, please do look for me at the theater.

    April 30, 2012

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