Anais Demoustier and Juliette Binoche in ELLES, a film by Malgorzata Szumowska. Photo credit: Szymon Roginski. Picture courtesy Kino Lorber. All rights reserved.

Elles (2011/2012)

Opened: 04/27/2012 Limited

Theaters (30+)04/27/2012
Angelika/NYC04/27/2012 - 05/10/201214 days
Clearview Chel...04/27/2012 - 05/10/201214 days
The Nuart04/27/2012 - 05/10/201214 days
Quad Cinema/NYC05/11/2012 - 06/14/201235 days
Kendall Square...05/11/2012 - 05/17/20127 days
Music Box Thea...06/08/2012 - 06/21/201214 days

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Genre: French Drama (French and Polish w/English subtitles)

Rated: NC-17 for for explicit sexual content.


A provocative exploration of female sexuality, Elles stars the fearless Juliette Binoche as Anne, a well-off Parisian journalist investigating the lives of two student prostitutes (Joanna Kulig and Anais Demoustier) for a magazine article. What begins as a routine assignment, though, quickly turns personal, as Anne is drawn into the lives of these fiercely independent young women and forced to confront her own sexual fears and desires.

Select Festivals

  • Official Selection - Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Berlin International Film Festival
  • Official Selection - Tribeca Film Festival

Director's Statement

It is a fact that young female students resort to prostitution to finance their studies. In the media, the subject is treated with moral disapproval on one hand and voyeuristic curiosity on the other. In magazines, there are ads that use women's bodies to sell objects alongside sententious, moralizing reports about women selling their own bodies to obtain those same objects. We wanted to confront this hypocrisy through an exchange of women's views: a female journalist in an enviable economic position, questioning two students who are trying to climb the social ladder and finance their studies through sex work -- but also questioning her own desires along the way.

-- Malgoska Szumowska

Filmmaker Biographies

Malgoska Szumowska (Director)

Malgoska Szumowska was born in 1973 in Krakow and graduated from the Lodz Film School. Her credits as director include the internationally acclaimed feature films Happy Man ('00), Stranger ('04), and 33 Scenes from Life ('08, Silver Leopard winner at Locarno), as well as a number of short documentaries and a contribution to the omnibus film Visions of Europe ('08). She has been working with the production company Zentropa since 2005, and served as a co-producer on Lars von Trier's Antichrist ('09).

Marianne Slot (Producer)

A French producer of Danish origin, Marianne Slot founded the independent production company Slot Machine in 1993. She has produced for Lars von Trier since 1995's Breaking the Waves, and has also worked extensively with a number of Latin American filmmakers, including Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman) and Lisandro Alonso (Liverpool, Fanasma, Los Muertos).