Venice 2011: Michael Glawogger wins Special Orizzonti Jury Prize


WHORES' GLORY, Michael Glawogger’s new documentary, a stunning observation on prostitution in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico was awarded the Special Orrizzonti Jury Prize at the 68th Venice Film Festival.

The Orizzonti Jury of the 68th Venice Film Festival, chaired by Jia Zhangke and composed of Stuart Comer, Odile Decq, Marianne Khoury, and Jacopo Quadri after screening the 52 films in competition has decided to award the SPECIAL ORIZZONTI JURY PRIZE to

WHORES’ GLORY by Michael Glawogger

The oldest profession becomes a mirror to a global labyrinth of sex and commerce that Glawogger captures with stunning visual eloquence and precision. Prostitutes in Bangkok, Bangladesh and Mexico are filmed with dignity and respect , detailing the complex spatial politics and social issues generated by globalization”

WHORES’ GLORY (Lotus-Film (A), Quinte Film (D))

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 paid commodity, these women have received money for it ? but it has not made their lives rich in anything but stories.

Directed by: Michael Glawogger
Written by: Michael Glawogger
Cinematography: Wolfgang Thaler
Editing: Monika Willi
Producers: Tommy Pridnig, Peter Wirthensohn, Erich Lackner, Mirjam Quinte
Production companies: Lotus-Film, Quintefilm Merzhausen (D)

Supported by: Austrian Film Institute, ORF, Vienna Film Fund
and MFG Baden-Württemberg, DFFF, FFA, Eurimages, Media i1i Audiovisual, ZDF, Arte