From masturbation to sexual fantasies about a bartender, from bondage to being attracted to an androgynous girl: Thea’s erotic thoughts follow one another seamlessly. Nevertheless, even inside her imagination, there are obstacles to overcome. A lyric, ironic and grotesque catalogue of sexual practices.
Empty movie theaters. Ubiquitous sexually explicit messages. Premiered at the Locarno Film Festival, Next Picture reflects on social interactions and on the relationship between images and texts within spaces, scenarios and dynamics in continuous transformation.
A journey inside the Dutch ballroom culture. For the four “Sex Sirens”, being part of this community implies a more conscious outlook regarding what they desire and their sensuality. A colourful documentary following them on this journey of self-exploration, giving the viewer a better understanding of what it means to be a Sex Siren and why these safe spaces are necessary today.
A young camera operator and a porn actress are shooting a rape scene. When a male actor goes too far, the act of watching and recording becomes a stance that implies responsibilities, turning himself more into an actor than a witness of this decadent system.
In a forest at night a man is blindfolded and tied up by two women. Shibari becomes an act of complete trust and a way to interact with nature.
Pleasure does not follow reason. When Adèle has to face the loss of her parents, she esperiences an everlasting orgasm. A sharp, irresistible comedy that flirts with the grotesque.
She loves him; he loves her, but also those slightly porn films. Everything is normal, but online videos become addictive for Enrico, spiraling him into depression and isolating him from his peers. An explicit confirmation which unmasks the concept of obscenity with simplicity and tenderness.
Can a dating app help someone in processing his grief? In Le feu au lac, Félix faces his mother’s sudden death. Here sex is depicted as a union of bodies, portrayed with rare sensitivity. This short film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.
Gwen is a young girl who just turned 11. Everything around her – from tv programs to her dog being in heat – seems to push her toward the discovery of her sexuality; everything but her parents, who transform this finding of pleasure into a tender nightmare and a vindication of freedom.
“How can we disorganise what we have learnt? How can we abandon the urge to classify, preserving the right to identification?” The director’s voice guides the viewer through this and other inquiries in a dissertation of one’s desires and past, which is anything but aseptic.