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by Madonna


Andriy Krystiyan, has come to England from the Ukraine. A. K. is a philosopher, a poet, and an authority on all aspects of life. At the same time, he is following his grand plan to become an international star. Global stardom is how A. K. describes the goal that he and his band Gogol Bordello are pursuing with their particular brand of boisterous gypsy punk. For the time being, however, he makes ends meet by performing role play in women’s clothing for straight married men. A. K. shares a flat with two young women named Juliette and Holly. Juliette dreams of being a kind of Florence Nightingale of the developing world. She is currently working behind the counter at the local drug store run by Sardeep, the Indian chemist. Holly is a trained ballerina. Her big dream is to dance with the Royal Ballet. So far she hasn’t been able to earn a single penny with her dancing, and continues to ‘polish’ her skills as a pole dancer at Beechman’s Exotic Gentleman’s Club. A cinematic tale of everyday life about people who are obliged to take on jobs just to earn a living, but who live in hope of one day fulfilling their dreams.

original title: Filth And Wisdom
country: United Kingdom
year: 2008
genre: fiction
directed by: Madonna
film run: 81'
release date: FR 17/09/2008
screenplay: Madonna, Dan Cadan
cast: Eugene Hutz, Holly Weston, Vicky McClure, Richard E. Grant, Stephen Graham, Inder Manocha
cinematography by: Tim Maurice Jones
film editing: Russell Icke
art director: Gideon Ponte
costumes designer: B
producer: Nicola Doring, Madonna, Angela Becker
production: Semtex Film, HSI London

main awards/selection

Berlinale 2008 Panorama Special

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