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TRADE

Director: MARCO KREUZPAINTNER

GERMANY-U.S.A. • 2008 COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 35MM • 120 MIN


Following his earlier success with Summer Storm, director Marco Kreuzpaintner returns with his English-language debut Trade. This tough thriller about the vile trade of human trafficking won the Bernhard Wicki Peace Prize for German Cinema at the Munich Film Festival. Chillingly, the film is based on fact, as documented by journalist Peter Landesman in the New York Times.

When 13-year-old Adriana (Paulina Gaitan) is kidnapped by sex traffickers in Mexico City, her 17-year-old brother Jorge (Casar Ramos) sets off on a desperate mission to save her. Adriana’s only friend throughout her ordeal is Veronica (Alicja Bachleda), a young Polish woman captured by the same criminal gang. As he dodges incredible obstacles to track down the kidnappers, Jorge meets Texas cop Ray (Kevin Kline), who becomes an ally in the search.

Trade is a serious and thoughtful drama about the sex trade network, but it should be noted that the film includes some extreme imagery that audiences may find very disturbing.

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