EASTERN BOYS WON BEST FILM in the Orizzonti section at the 70thVenice.
„They come from all over Eastern Europe: Russia, Romania, Ukraine. They are Eastern boys. The oldest appear no more than 25; as for the youngest, there is no way of telling their age. They hang around the Gare du Nord train station in Paris. They might be prostitutes, but there is no way of knowing for certain. Muller, a discreet man in his late fifties has his eye on one of them – Marek. One afternoon, Muller gathers his courage and speaks to him. The young man agrees to come visit Muller the following day, at his place. However the next day, when the doorbell rings, Muller doesn’t have the faintest idea that he has fallen into a trap.”
Eastern European immigration and the nature of homosexuality are the themes that coalesce in this genre-bending French thriller that draws you in to a web of intrigue from the opening titles. Provocative and slick to look at, it comes from Robin Campillo, a long-time collaborator of Laurent Cantet (Vers Le Sud, The Class, Les Revenants).
In the Gare Du Nord in Paris, gangs of Eastern European migrants hang around looking for opportunities. One of them is the alluring Marek (Kirill Emelyanov) who catches the eye of Daniel (Olivier Rabourdin), a middle-aged business-man who is cruising for company. What follows is a shocking and thought-provoking thriller, an immersive love story and a disturbing police drama with shifts in tone that feel entirely plausible yet at the same time highly innovative. EASTERN BOYS succeeds as a drama with gay and art house sensibilities and mainstream appeal. MT