Filth and Wisdom

Filth and Wisdom

Eugene Hutz
Director: Madonna Cast: Eugene Hutz
Eugene Hutz
, Holly Weston
Holly Weston
, Vicky McClure
Vicky McClure


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After more than two decades as one of the world's most recognizable stars, Madonna steps behind the camera for the first time with this comedy drama about a handful of bohemians struggling to make a name for themselves in London, which she both wrote and directed. A.K. (Eugene Hutz) is a Ukrainian émigré and struggling musician who fronts a band blending gypsy music with punk rock. Still coming to terms with a childhood pock-marked by abuse, A.K. believes that one has to confront the seamy side of life to find enlightenment, and with this in mind he supports himself by torturing masochists for money while dressed in military gear. Living in the same decaying apartment block as A.K. is Holly (Holly Weston), a gifted dancer who dreams of becoming a ballet star, though now she's forced to degrade herself as a stripper at a "gentleman's nightclub." A.K. is enamored of Holly, but can't work up the nerve to make a move. Elsewhere in the building, Juliette (Vicky McClure) wants to help children in the Third World, but is biding her time working at a pharmacy, where she swipes medicine for charity when she isn't pocketing recreational material for herself, and Professor Flynn (Richard E. Grant) is a blind poet who is surrounded by a personal library of books he can no longer read. Filth and Wisdom also features several performances by Gogol Bordello, the band Eugene Hutz leads in real life; the film received its world premiere at the 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/29/2009
UPC: 0030306950297
Original Release: 2008
Rating: NR
Source: Ifc Independent Film
Region Code: 1
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:24:00

Special Features


Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Eugene Hutz A.K.
Holly Weston Holly
Vicky McClure Juliette
Richard Grant Professor Flynn
Inder Manocha Sardeep
Elliot Levey Business Man
Francesca Kingdon Francine
Clare Wilkie Chloe
Stephen Graham Harry Beechman
Shobu Kapoor Sardeep's Wife
Olegar Fedorov A.K.'s Father

Technical Credits
Madonna Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
B. Costumes/Costume Designer
Max Bellhouse Art Director
Dan Cadan Screenwriter
Nicola Doring Producer
Simon Hayes Sound/Sound Designer
Dan Hubbard Casting
Russell Icke Editor
Andrew Mannion Asst. Director
Tim Maurice-Jones Cinematographer
Gideon Ponte Production Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Filth and Wisdom
1. When I Die [1:11]
2. Opening Credits [3:28]
3. Touché, Professor [6:49]
4. Dance, Sweet Baby Girl [5:13]
5. Ripped Off [6:23]
6. Duality [6:40]
7. Wanderlust King [5:56]
8. A Better World? [5:36]
9. Fantasy and Reality [14:33]
10. Starvation [5:02]
11. Strange and New [3:44]
12. Making It Up [5:21]
13. Envelopes [2:52]
14. Straight Out of Nothing [4:51]
15. Rewind [1:16]
16. End Credits [4:49]

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