Independent Shorts Awards

Mysterious Skin

The reasons behind the choice of someone becoming a prostitute are various. The most common answer is money, but, as seen in Belle de Jour (Buñuel, 1967), it can be more complex – like a discovery of self-pleasure. However, the director Gregg Araki introduces a darker reason in Mysterious Skin (2004), which sometimes can be hard to watch.


Camille is an interesting movie that approaches prostitution in a different aspect. When most movies tend to show what this profession consists on, in Camille it shows the impact it has on someone’s psychological.