Archive of films Whore's Glory / Whore's Glory

Austria / Germany
2011, 119 min

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Year: 2012

Three continents, three languages, three cultures, three forms of world prostitution. This visually heady documentary takes a look at brothels in Thailand, Bangladesh, and Mexico. Without prejudice or disdain, it shows the hopelessness of the lives of women for whom intimacy has become a commodity. The movie was screened at the IFFs in Venice and Toronto.


A visually heady documentary triptych that looks at three forms of world prostitution: three continents, three languages, three cultures. Brothels in Bangkok primarily serve local managers and wealthier tourists. Girls come and go in the glass booths, waiting to be selected by a guest. Bordellos in Faridpur, Bangladesh, are spread throughout the area. Hundreds of local prostitutes were born there, and they never see the outside world their entire lives. And later, when they grow up, they introduce their daughters to the world’s oldest profession without the slightest hesitation. The town of Reynosa, Mexico, is situated near the Texas border. It is rife with thieves, pimps, and the drug mafia, and the local girls reflect the misery of the place. The radiance of their youthful beauty long ago lost its sheen, leaving behind an exterior they struggle to maintain. All of the women here have endured more than we can imagine, both mentally and physically. A life without the pretense and artificiality they are paid for is unknown to them.

About the director

Michael Glawogger

Michael Glawogger (b. 1959, Graz, Austria) studied at San Francisco’s Art Institute and at Vienna’s Film Academy. At the beginning of his career, the director, screenwriter, cameraman, and writer focused mainly on documentaries. His most important works in the genre include the urban portrait Megacities (1998) and the socially conscious title Workingman’s Death (2005). Screened at the IFFs in Venice and Toronto, Whores’ Glory is indirectly connected to these two films, culminating in an imagined documentary trilogy focusing on the various kinds of life on earth. In recent years, Michael Glawogger has devoted more time to features: Karlovy Vary audiences have been treated to Slumming (2006) and Contact High (2009).


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About the film

Color, 35 mm

Section: Documentary Films - Out of Competition
Director: Michael Glawogger
Screenplay: Michael Glawogger
Dir. of Photography: Wolfgang Thaler
Music: Pappik & Regener
Editor: Monika Willi
Producer: Erich Lackner
Production: Lotus Film GmbH
Contact: The Match Factory


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