To sell one's own body

To prostitute oneself is a contentious topic of debate in our society and associated with many moral questions. It is not surprising, therefore, that this subject matter has also captured the imagination of many filmmakers. In our globalized world full of social injustice, the body in film becomes an object of exchange – be it as a piece of meat that can be traded for a visa, or, on the contrary, as an artfully crafted sculpture on social media that can be used to attract fans and followers. But it can, of course, also become in itself an act of rebellion or a symbol for a life of pleasure.

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Air Doll (2009)
Hirokazu KORE-EDA
Japan
111′
A story of love and frailty, Air Doll takes the essence of what it means to be human and distills it down to its purest form in this bittersweet love story that smoothly intertwines fantasy and reality. In a shabby, rundown apartment in an old part of Tokyo, a bright beacon of purity shines into being one day. Silent and motionless, the air doll that belongs to quiet and retiring middle-aged Hideo (Itsuji Itao) has never been anything out of the ordinary. Each evening after work, he chats with her over the dinner table, bathes her and makes love to her before turning in for the night. However, after he leaves the house one day, the air doll begins to twitch and move, miraculously coming to life. Like a newborn marvelling at the wonder of the world, she is awestruck at the beauty of everything around her. Tottering about in her tiny maid's uniform, she ventures outside the apartment with childlike curiosity. As she wanders through the city, the air doll is enthralled, talking to anyone she finds and trying to comprehend her own ephemeral existence. Though her life is only a few hours old, it changes forever when she walks into a video store and falls helplessly in love with the clerk, Junichi (Arata).
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The Man Who Sold His Skin
Kaouther Ben Hania
Tunisia
103′
Sam Ali, a young sensitive and impulsive Syrian, left his country for Lebanon to escape the war. To be able to travel to Europe and live with the love of his life, he accepts to have his back tattooed by one of by the World’s most sulfurous contemporary artist. Turning his own body into a prestigious piece of art, Sam will however come to realize that his decision might actually mean anything but freedom.
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The Charmer
Milad Alami
Denmark
102′
Esmail, a young and charming Iranian lives in Denmark where he works as a mover. However, in the evening, he frequents the posh places in the city to seduce women, hoping to get married and obtain a residence permit. When he meets Sara, everything changes. On the verge of achieving his goal, he is hunted down by a mysterious man...
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Sweat
Magnus von Horn
Poland
106′
Three days in the life of fitness motivator Sylwia Zając, whose presence on social media has made her a celebrity. Although she has hundreds of thousands of followers, is surrounded by loyal employees and admired by acquaintances, she is looking for true intimacy.
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Pleasure
Ninja Thyberg
Sweden
108′
20-year-old Bella Cherry leaves her small town in Sweden for Los Angeles with the aim to become the world's next big porn star but the road to her goal turns out to be bumpier than she imagined.
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The Whaler Boy
Philipp Yuryev
Russia
94′
Everything changes in the life of a young 15-year-old Chukchi hunter Lyoshka with the advent of the Internet in the village. He falls in love – for the first time and deeply – with the silent video chat girl. Upon learning that she lives in Detroit, Lyoshka decides on the most desperate act in his life.
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Jeune et jolie - Young & Beautiful
François Ozon
France
93′
After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes.
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