Passion Despair

The documentary film portrays the Swiss Daniel, who lives in Moldova and specialises in photographing girls aged between 9 and 14. He has caused much controversy with the photos of his models which he sells via the internet.
The film raises questions of how images are used and their effects in a world increasingly dominated by the media. However, it also shows girls’ lives in Moldova’s neighbour Transnistria, which does not officially exist. Modelling is not just an important additional source of income for the girls, but more importantly provides a change from the dullness of everyday life.


CH 2011
DigiBeta (16:9)
93 min., colour / b&w

Location: Moldova, Transnistria
Languages: German, English, Russian, Moldovan, French
Subtitles: German, English

Director: Steff Gruber
Script: Steff Gruber
Photography: Jürg Hassler, Steff Gruber
Original Music: Jimmy Gelhaar
Additional Music: Temptation by Arash
Narrator: Peter Richner

Daniel Leuenberger, Romina Juravskaia, Olga Stepnova, Katja Neugodnikova, Ana Neugodnikova, Ana Nasushnaia, Larisa Sirbu, Luba Voitetcaia, Tamara Zaitseva, Tatiana Glatkova, Valentina Glatkova, Svetlana Reich a.o.

Producer: Steff Gruber
Associate Producer: Cyrille Kazis
Production: KINO.NET AG, Zurich
Distribution: KINO.NET AG, Zurich
World Sales: KINO.NET AG, Zurich

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