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. –The Match Factory
Born in Graz, Austria, in 1959, Michael Glawogger is a traveling filmmaker. Not only does he literally journey around the world for his documentaries, he also moves back and forth between forms and genres, between photography and writing, between gentler and more forceful tones. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and the Vienna Film Academy and has since worked as a director, writer, and cinematographer in Vienna, Bangkok, and Znojmo. He plans to shoot in Poland and Bangladesh in the near future. —glawogger.com
Such a let down after Megacities and Workingman's Death. The soundtrack was a horrible mistake, in my opinion, making the film sensationalist and objectifying. I have no problem with Glowogger's staging. It brings to the forefront the necessary trust between documentarian and spectator, but I didn't trust him this time.
A glimpse into a hidden world, unveiling the emotion and humanism of the often objectified working women spanning across various countries. The camera, often stood by, like an outside observer, an omniscient presence, that did not seem to deter the subjects from acting naturally. Glawogger is skillfully able to extract an uncanny verisimilitude with his film, not condoning or condemning, allowing the viewer to decide
Also: Revisiting Claire Denis’s Beau Travail, Robert M Young’s Alambrista! and more.
A talk with the director behind the prize-winning docmentary at Venice, Whores’ Glory.
A Letter to Momo in Japan, Hou Hsiao-hsien on Taiwanese cinema, Nicolas Rapold on Michael Glawogger, Ben Rivers’s playlist and more.
“We sort of do the lineup by the seat of our pants.”
Silver Lion for Cai Shangjun (People Mountain People Sea). Acting awards for Michael Fassbender and Deanie Ip.
A doc on “the relationships between men and women in contemporary society that yields telling and ambivalent insights.”