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Brothers of the night

2021-01-23 / 2021-01-23 Cinema < Tabakalera < San Sebastián < Gipuzkoa

Brüder der Nacht (Brothers Of The Night), Patric Chiha, Austria, 2016, 88'

The name Patric Chiha resonated strongly in our plans last year as we put together the FASSBINDER + PLUS spotlight. His film Brothers of the Night was reminiscent of the feel of movies by the director of Querelle (Fassbinder, 1982) and of the legacy of ground-breakers such as Pasolini, Kenneth Anger and Jean Cocteau. And now, finally, we can see it on the Tabakalera screen.

It is a documentary that follows a group of young Roma Bulgarians who come to Vienna in search of freedom and with the intention of earning quick money. They sell their bodies as if it is the only thing they have. What comforts them, so far from home, is the feeling of belonging to a group, the feeling of being together. But the nights are long and contain all kinds of unforeseen events.

“I never intended to make a film that dissected or explained male prostitution. I simply wished to portray how these boys contend with reality, their lifestyle that so moved and shook me: how they move, talk, lie, dress and act.”


Patric Chiha