Germania anno zero 1948
1h 18m | Drama, History, War | Release date: February 2, 1949 (France)
Edmund, a young boy who lives in war-devastated Germany after the Second World War, must do all kinds of work to help his family get food and survive. One day he meets one of his former teachers and hopes to get support from him, but this man’s ideas don’t lead Edmund into a clearer or safer way of living.
King of Thieves 2003
König der Diebe (original title)
1h 41m | Drama | 2003 (Austria)
Two amateur circus kids from a poor Ukrainian village, 10-year-old Barbu and his older sister Mimma, are sold to a circus artist called Caruso who promises them a career in the West. Caruso smuggles them to Berlin and separates them from each other; he sells Mimma into prostitution, while Marcel, an older Albanian boy, teaches Barbu how to snatch purses. When Barbu discovers what happened to Mimma, he decides to free her from the brothel.
The Skin 1981
La pelle (original title)
2h 11m | Drama, War | 25 November 1981 (France)
In 1943, as the Italian Captain, Curzio Malaparte, shakes hands with the U.S. Army General, Mark Clark, the war is practically over for battle-scarred Naples. However, the long-awaited peace is yet to come. Among the devastating war’s many casualties, once more, the innocents are the biggest victims, as the impoverished mothers and daughters are forced into prostitution, having no other means of survival. Against the backdrop of the mighty Mount Vesuvius, three disparate women–the virginal, Maria Concetta; Capri’s aristocratic princess, Consuelo Caracciolo, and the idealistic U.S. Air Force pilot, Deborah Wyatt–find themselves trapped in an unbearable hell on earth. Is our delicate skin the only barrier between the immortal soul and the evils of the world?
The Stolen Children 1992
Il ladro di bambini (original title)
1h 54m | Drama | 10 April 1992 (Italy)
Antonio, a policeman (carabiniere), has an order to take two children (Rosetta and her brother Luciano) from Milan to Sicily to an orphanage. Their mother has been arrested for forcing Rosetta (11 years old) to work as a prostitute. First the relation between Antonio and the children is tough, but it relaxes so they become temporary friends.
Gossenkind (original title)
1h 28m | Drama | 9 April 1992 (Germany)
Axel is 14 years old, male prostitute, living in Düsseldorf. His mother drinks and her friends abuses him. He is sent to a bar to pick up customers. There he meets Karl-Heinz, and a loving relationship begins.
Salaam Bombay! 1988
1h 53m | Crime, Drama | 7 October 1988 (USA)
Young Krishna’s mother abandons him at the Apollo Circus and informs him that he can only return home when he can afford 500 rupees to pay for his brother’s bicycle that he destroyed. The circus then leaves Krishna behind and he takes a train to Bombay, where he works delivering tee for Chacha’s street bar and being called “Chaipau” by the local street children. He befriends heroin addict and drug dealer Chillum, and young Manju Golub, the daughter of Baba Golub and prostitute Rekha Golub. Krishna dreams of saving 500 rupees to return home, but Bombay street life isn’t easy.
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi 2003
Zatôichi (original title)
1h 56min | Action, Comedy, Crime | 2 September 2003 (Italy)
Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He’s destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents’ murder… Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano.
Luksus (original title)
39min | Short, Drama | 16 November 2008 (USA)
A 17 years young man, a story about child prostitution and pedophilia. The lives of two boys converge on the central train station in Warsaw, the day before Christmas. Senior – prostitute nicknamed “Luxury”, and junior – beginner, a beggar child with a dog. A local taxi driver, the pimp i n the sex business, with teenagers, offers Luxury job pimp. Will the boy to exploit his younger friend, or help him escape the clutches of child prostitution …?