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U.S. Theatrical Premiere
with producer Adi Ezroni
OFFICIAL SELECTION Amnesty Intl Film Fest Edinburgh Film Fest Montreal Film Fest
"Well acted...a film that never stoops to sensationalism or skin to make its heartfelt points" -Variety
"A memorable achievement...unsentimental and all the more powerful as a result" -Hollywood Reporter
"A work of serious, contemplative outrage, an achievement that is as unsettling as it is true to the nature of its subject" -New York Sun
Recommended! "A perceptive, urgent drama that's heartbreaking without being maudlin" -Chicago Reader
Holly is an insightful and jarring story of child prostitution told through the complex relationship between Holly (Thuy Nguyen), a 12-year-old Vietnamese girl, and Patrick (Ron Livingston), an American dealer of stolen artifacts. Holly has been sold by her poor family and smuggled across the border to Cambodia to work as a prostitute in the infamous "K11" red light village. While Holly waits to be sold at a premium for her virginity, she meets Patrick who is losing money and friends through gambling and bar fights. Their initial strong connection is disrupted when Holly is sold to a child trafficker and disappears. Patrick valiantly tries to find Holly again, and her unrelenting efforts to escape her fate illustrate the dismal commerce of child sexploitation. Shot on location in Cambodia, Holly includes many scenes in actual brothels and this feature film is dedicated to raising the awareness of this deplorable situation.
Directed by Guy Moshe, U.S.A/France/Israel/Cambodia, 2006, 114 mins. In English, Khmer and Vietnamese with English subtitles.
CineChat: Producer Adi Ezroni will be here in person for a Q&A after the screenings at 8:45 pm on Friday, Jun. 6 and 6:30 pm on Saturday, Jun. 7.