Despite a lack of obvious similarities between Siberia and Tokyo, a thriving model industry connects these distant regions. Girl Model follows two protagonists involved in this industry: Ashley, a deeply ambivalent model scout who scours the Siberian countryside looking for fresh faces to send to the Japanese market, and one of her discoveries, Nadya, a thirteen year-old plucked from the Siberian countryside and dropped into the center of Tokyo with promises of a profitable career.
Girl Model is a lyrical exploration of a world defined by glass surfaces and camera lenses, reflecting back differing versions of reality to the young women caught in their scope.
**** CRITIC'S PICK - Time Out New York
"EYE-OPENING. Gets under the skin-deep promises of glamour and wealth that lure an endless stream of very young hopefulls...and captures something beyond hard facts." - Los Angeles Times
"A Brilliant Exposé of a Dangerous Business” - IndieWire
"A Must-See movie as intriguing as it is disturbing." - Marie Claire
2012 / USA / Colour / English, Japanese & Russian with English subtitles / 16:9 anamorphic presentation / Dolby Stereo / 78 minutes
52 minutes Educational Version also available!
Director: David Redmon & Ashley Sabin
WINNER - Best Documentary & Enel Cuore Award, Rome Film Fest, 2011
- 8 Deleted Scenes
- Theatrical trailer