Aleksandr's Price

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Aleksandr's Price
Aleksandr's Price DVD Region 1 Poster.jpg
DVD cover
Directed by
Produced by Pau Masó
Written by Pau Masó
Starring
Music by Dave Klotz
Cinematography David Damen
Edited by Pau Masó
Production
company
Distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures
Release date
  • July 12, 2013 (2013-07-12) (QFest)
  • September 1, 2013 (2013-09-01) (VOD)
  • September 4, 2013 (2013-09-04) (DVD - France)
  • September 24, 2013 (2013-09-24) (DVD - U.S. & Canada)
  • October 25, 2013 (2013-10-25) (DVD - Germany, Austria, Switzerland)
Running time
103 minutes
Country
  • United States
  • Spain
Language
  • English
  • Russian

Aleksandr's Price is a 2013 American-Spanish psychological drama film written, edited, and produced by Pau Masó, who additionally co-directs with David Damen. Set in New York City and starring Pau Masó, Anatoli Grek, Josh Berresford, Samantha Glovin, and Keith Dougherty, the film tells the story of an illegal Russian boy in Manhattan who after losing his mother to suicide, is drawn into becoming a male prostitute.

Plot

Aleksandr's Price is an exploration to American youth in New York City and the excessive use of alcohol and other drugs in the gay community. Aleksandr Ivanov, played by Masó, falls into the dark business of prostitution after the loss of his family, which causes him to develop a mental disorder also known as Dissociative Identity Disorder.

Cast

  • Pau Masó as Aleksandr
  • Anatoli Grek as Dr. Mary
  • Josh Berresford as Keith
  • Samantha Glovin as Emma
  • Keith Dougherty as Tom

Production

Aleksandr's Price was shot on the period of 25 days in March 2012 in New York City. Masó scouted the talent and locations. Aleksandr's Price released its official trailer in March 2013.[1]

Release

Prior to public release, Aleksandr's Price screened at the Philadelphia QFest on July 12, 2013.[2] The film officially premiered on September 24, 2013.

Critical reception

The film has received mixed reviews. According to IMDb, the film holds a 5 based on 210 ratings, as November 2014.[3]

In September 2013, Victoria Alexander from "Las Vegas Informer" compared the film to Steve McQueen's 2011 film Shame stating: "Aleksandr’s Price can be viewed as a gay companion to Steve McQueen's Shame, which also dealt with sexual promiscuity in New York City". She also stated the film to depict prostitution very well, saying: "Aleksandr’s Price is a gay-themed movie, its depiction of the cruel and shallow world of New York City and its commerce in young men and women of all sexual orientations is spot on".[4]

DVD Beaver said: "If Black Swan were a film about a male escort rather than a ballerina (and had a dash of Requiem for a Dream thrown in), it would probably be something like "Aleksandr's Price" (although a bit more relentless, much more overblown, and without the hint of hopeful optimism).[5]

Accolades

Aleksandr's Price had its Austrian premiere on November 10, 2014, at the "Internationale Queere Migrantische Filmtage" (Eng. International Queer Migrant Filmdays) which is held every year in Vienna. Pau Masó was awarded with an "Appreciation Award" for his outstanding work in Queer film and media.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Aleksandr's Price - Official Trailer". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Aleksandr's Price Premiere- Review". IMDb.
  3. ^ "Aleksandr's Price - Review". IMDb.
  4. ^ "Aleksandr's Price Movie Review - Review". Las Vegas Informer.
  5. ^ "Aleksandr's Price-DVD Review - Review". DVD Beaver. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013.
  6. ^ "Aleksandr's Price Awards - Review". IMDb.

External links

  • Aleksandr's Price on IMDb
  • Aleksandr's Price at Rotten Tomatoes
  • "No Solo Cine" (es) “SIMPLE MOVES”, EL NUEVO THRILLER DE PAU MASÓ EN POST PRODUCCIÓN[permanent dead link]
  • "No Solo Cine" (es) Simple Moves
  • "Sosmoviers" (es) Pau Masó presenta el thriller Simple moves con fotografías y teaser
  • Horrornews.net ‘Simple Moves’ is almost wrapped shooting!
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