SGC is pleased to have discovered this award-winning foreign film and brought it to US distribution!.
HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES. US Theatrical premiere November 14, 2008, Quad Theatre New
York! SGC is pleased to announce sale of all North American rights to top New York art and specialty film
distributor First Run Features. International Sales assigned to Shoreline Distribution, Los Angeles.
This film led off the German selections at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, and was one of a select group of eight
German features nominated for submission to the 2008 US Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film! Starring
Maximillian Schell, Vadim Glowna and Angela Winkler. Directed by Vadim Glowna, famed German director-actor,
also known for winning the 1981 Cannes Camera D'or for the pioneering film DESPERADO CITY (also available
from SGC for North America, see below).
Seductively filmed...mesmerizing...Sex, death and the endless fascination of
unclothed innocence." - Jeanette Catsoulis, The New York Times
"[An] alternately lyrical and disturbing adult fairy tale." - New York Magazine
"Lyrical, involving...the psychology of eroticism is on vivid display." - Harvey Karten,
"A macabre mystery...surprising!" - Kam Williams, News Blaze
"A sleepy thriller about a man flirting with his own mortality in a very unusual bordello. The photography is absolutely gorgeous."
"Artfully made with fine direction...visually stunning." - David Kempler, Big Picture Big Sound
"All the moody pretentiousness of European A-minus erotica at its finest...undeniably addictive." -- Salon.com
"An enlightening monologue on death and the futility of life." -- Montreal McGill Daily
"It would be easy to dismiss "House of the Sleeping Beau ties" as a lewd male fantasy, but that would be ignoring the German film's
deeper purpose as - in the words of the director, Vadim Glowna - a meditation on 'transition, remembrance, mourning, guilt,
loneliness, sex and death, eroticism and dying.' Sure, there's copious full-frontal female nudity...but such scenes are a means to an
end, not an end in themselves...rewarding viewing for people with the correct mind-set." -- New York Post (3 stars)
Synopsis: Edmond (Vadim Glowna), a widowed and depressed businessman, whose best friend (German screen
legend Maximilian Schell) ships him off to an unusual brothel: Through some unexplained medication or
mechanism, the assortment of lovely young things are always asleep, and won't wake up no matter what you do to
them or with them. The house madam (Angela Winkler), a sexy but sinister dame close to Edmond's age, suggests
flirtatiously that certain things are off limits and that punishment may attend violations. But since this is European
erotica, nothing can actually be made clear. In fact, your first idea about exactly what brew of Eros and Thanatos
is being cooked up here will likely be correct; Edmond figures it out too, which doesn't stop him from coming back.
THE FILMS OF VADIM GLOWNA, now available for North American license, all rights! A library in a class by
itself. Including ONE DAY SOME DAY (1992), DEVIL’S PARADISE (1987), CHEKHOV IN MY LIFE (1984),
NOTHING LEFT TO LOSE (1983), and the legendary DESPERADO CITY (1981) which received the Cannes Film
Festival Camera D'or (for Best Director First Feature). Please contact SGC for details!
co-star Maximillian Schell,
HOUSE OF THE SLEEPING BEAUTIES was
the Opening film, German section, 2007
Cannes Film Festival!