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by Malgorzata Szumowska


The story of Anne, a wife, mother and journalist cur­rently researching an article about student prostitution for the French edition of ELLE magazine. Anne finds herself drawn to two young women: a down-on-her-luck Polish student and a French girl who comes from one of Paris’ many anonymous housing projects. Both women have entered the sex trade for different reasons, and as they open up to Anne, we are allowed glimpses of the reality of their work. Meanwhile, Anne is forced to confront the bourgeois reality of her own life, where her husband seems married to his cellphone and her son to his PlayStation.

international title: Elles
original title: Elles
country: France, Poland, Germany
sales agent: Memento Films International
year: 2011
genre: fiction
directed by: Malgorzata Szumowska
film run: 96'
release date: FR 01/02/2012, PL 17/02/2012, HU 01/03/2012, SE 16/03/2012, DE 29/03/2012, BE 18/04/2012, IE 20/04/2012, GB 20/04/2012, GR 26/04/2012, NL 10/05/2012, ES 22/06/2012, IT 14/09/2012, PT 11/10/2012
screenplay: Tine Byrckel, Malgorzata Szumowska
cast: Juliette Binoche, Joanna Kulig, Anaïs Demoustier, François Civil
cinematography by: Michał Englert
film editing: Françoise Tourmen
art director: Pauline Bourdon
costumes designer: Katarzyna Lewińska
producer: Marianne Slot
production: Slot Machine, Zentropa International Poland, Zentropa International Koln
distributor: Haut et Court, Imagine, Zorro Film, Kino Świat, Curzon Artificial Eye, September Film Distribution, Golem Distribución, Thimfilm GmbH, Camera Film, Folkets Bio, Frenetic Films, Officine UBU, Videorama, Alambique


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2012 Panorama
Brussels Film Festival 2015 

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