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Since the 1960's West Berlin's most important transportationcenter - Bahnhof Zoo train station _ served a second, lesser known function as a meeting place for hordes of male prostitutes from all over Eastern Europe. Now, filmmaker Rosa von Praunheim profiles the personal and historic impact of the hustler culture that emerged at Bahnof Zoo by turning his lens on five grown men who spent their youths as rent boys at the station. Each of the subjects stories reveals the expected obstacles - abuse, drug addiction and poverty - but the men also display a surprising tenderness and determination to move on. At the same time, each man must cope with the emotional and physical consequences of their past decisions.
Rent Boys is a frank and sympathetic chronicle of the historic causes and lasting effects of Berlin's hustler trade. By capturing a broad array of voices - from former rent boys and clients, to the counselors and puclic servant who offer them treatment - von Praunheim creates an engrossing historic survey from the intimate stories of those whose lives intersected at Bahnhof Zoo.
In the wake of cultural events like the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin wall came the rise of a newfound adult film industry in Eastern Europe. Since then, Czech actors in gay erotica and sites like Bel Ami have risen to iconic status. Markku Heikkinen’s revelatory documentary All Boys shows us both sides of this nascent industry, which can be interpreted as either a sign of sexual liberation or as the exploitation of disenfranchised young men.In a hyperconnected world where erotic media is never far out of reach, All Boys is required viewing. Heikkinen uses beautiful cinematography, historical research and devastatingly honest interviews to give us a rare look behind the scenes of the adult film production process. In particular, he follows the rise and fall of Aaron Hawke – whose short career serves as a cautionary tale on the fleeting nature of stardom. Behind every seductive image is a story, and All Boys is intent on showing us how the story ends.
MEN FOR SALE
Men for Sale follows eleven sex-trade workers over the course of a year, recounting their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization – and, their troubled pasts. Trapped in a vicious circle of prostitution and drug, they pursue their hardscrabble lives, knowing their prospects for the future are dim. An unflinching portrait with neither voyeurism nor false sympathy, Men for Sale acknowledges those society prefers to ignore.
Rent Boys: 84 min | Not Rated | German (with English Subtitles) | Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo | Region 1
All Boys: 72 min | Not Rated | Finnish (with English Subtitles) | Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo | Region 1
Men for Sale: 145 min | Not Rated | French with English Subtitles | Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround | Region 1
BOXSET Part# QCC339 | 857965003399