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500 Ratings

Brothers of the Night

Brüder der Nacht

Directed by Patric Chiha
Austria, 2016
Documentary, LGBT+


Soft boys by day, kings by night. The film follows young Bulgarian Roma who come to Vienna looking for freedom and a quick buck. They sell their bodies as if that’s all they had. What comforts them, so far from home, is the feeling of being together. But the nights are long and unpredictable.

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Brothers of the Night Directed by Patric Chiha

Awards & Festivals

Austrian Film Award

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography


2016 | Winner: GNCR Prize


2017 | Winner: Puma Prize for Best Director

Critics reviews

Chiha’s insight into his subjects becomes most evocatively articulated when Brothers of the Night moves away from straightforward observation and enters the realm of stylization and performance.
October 28, 2018
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This extraordinary documentary immerses the viewer in the nights of young Bulgarian Roma men working gay-for-pay in Vienna to send money back to their families, bathing its subjects in an extreme visual stylization that grants them a cinematic status that approaches the mythic.
May 03, 2017
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Like a new age Kenneth Anger with dollops of Facebook and social media, Brothers of the Night feels like a haunted celebration of male sexuality.
November 14, 2016
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