1h 57min | Drama | 20 October 2000 (Turkey)
Teens in a Turkish prison struggle to survive under hideous conditions. Made by dying Yilmaz Guney in France, after he escaped from a Turkish prison, enabling him to accept his award at Cannes for Yol (The Road). When the Turkish superstar leading man turned human rights activist, Guney was convicted for pro-Kurdish political activity and murder, by the Turkish military regime. Director/writer Guney’s last film, Duvar (The Wall), was banned in Turkey for 17 years. The incarcerated teens organize and fight back, brutalize each other, exult over the smallest triumph, while joking, suffering and learning from the inhumanity they wallow in. The prison also separately houses men and women, many played by other Turkish expatriates.
1h 34min | Drama | 10 June 2010 (Germany)
Tomek is 14 and a good student. He’s interested in astronomy and plays football to please his father. The only thing is, he lives in a poor little border town plagued by unemployment, whereas across the river lies Germany with all its relative affluence. Tomek meets Marta at a disco and falls in love with her. He starts to think up ways of earning money in order to keep her interested. He approaches a pimp who seeks out local boys for his German clients. Tomek has no idea of the brutal fate which awaits him.
Amy George 2011
1h 35min | Drama | 3 April 2011 (USA)
Thirteen-year-old Jesse wants to be an artist, but believes that his mundane middle-class Toronto life has left him unprepared. After reading a book on what it takes to be a “true-artist”, he sets out looking for risk, ecstasy, wildness and women. Amy George is a microbudget independent drama about the time in a boy’s life when he’s at his least likeable.
R | 1h 18min | Drama, Romance | 22 May 2004 (Canada)
A provocative and challenging coming-of-age story between Cliff, a restless suburban teen, and Butch, a street hustler, on the eve of his 18th birthday. Butch challenges Cliff’s sheltered upbringing by exposing him to a different world that changes Cliff forever.
The Nickel Children 2005
1h 35min | Drama | 5 April 2005 (USA)
Nickel Children is a narrative drama that takes the perspective of two runaways, Cat (Tamara Hope: Shall We Dance, The Deep End) and Nola Reiley McClendon: Perl Harbor, The Kid) and reveals the harsh realities of life on the streets of Los Angeles. Relying only on their instincts and the fleeting kindness of strangers, Cat and Nolan navigate their way through a world infested with prostitution, drugs, and violent predators. Every minute they remain on the streets, they fall deeper into a game of chance where they gamble with their lives. Cat and Nolan must devise a plan of escape before time finally runs out.
In the small, closed community of a provincial town, Magda tries to maintain a balance within a family facing many serious problems. The families apparently normal, bourgeois, every-day life will crack open, bringing to the surface hatred and passions of the kind that lie well-hidden in the mists of the nearby lake. An intense plot and a totally unexpected ending make up this film, which features characters who are vulnerable, innocent and ordinary, but who become ruthless and callous, worrying only about protecting their financial resources. The offences are disproportionately serious compared to the financial benefits they try to secure.
Like Cattle Towards Glow 2015
1h 33min | Drama, Sci-FiAdult | 11 September 2015 (France)
Like Cattle Towards Glow follows 13 young characters who find themselves in confusing and threatening situations by way of their sexual misadventures. In advance of the film’s premiere in Paris this Friday, VICE spoke with Dennis about anarchism, the gay agenda, and giving his readers complicated erections.