DESIRE

Black Cherry / Lucky Kuswandi / Indonesia / 2005 / 5′ / 4:3
A woman finds herself confronted by her own image: who is she, and what makes her a woman? As she finds a black cherry that seduces her, she is forced to explore and to finally take full control of her own body. Her desire is aroused by an apparently insignificant fruit.

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Strips / Felix Dufour-Laperrière / Canada / 2009 / 5’ / Cinemascope
Strips: a masculine noun, which is an abbreviated form of striptease. From “strip”, to remove, to take away, and “tease”, to entice, to tempt. All this in plural in Félix Dufour-Laperrière’s black and white film, which becomes a playful collage of light and shadow that contemplates imagination as pleasure principle.

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The place you left / Junho Oh / South Korea / 2006 / 10’ / 4:3
After you left and I remained here alone, the place of remembrance becomes vile and empty. Although it’s too hard to wait for your answer without promise, I’m waiting for you while holding my breath and feel the way you do. Junho Oh’s impressive filmic collage revisits those places of remembrance and reflects upon the possibility of showing the absence and the yearning for something that is no longer tangible.

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Shelter / Ismail Basbeth / Indonesia / 2011 / 15’29 / 16:9
Apparently a simple film. One single long shot. That’s what it looks like. Under the superficial boredom, there are grand feelings, however. Loneliness. Desire. Lost love. Fear of death. And all the while we look at a sleepy couple in an empty bus.

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The Return / Tulapop Saenjaroen / Thailand / 2008 / 5′ / 4:3
The Return is an attempt by the artist to recall his lost memories concerned with his dead father who passed away in 1991. The funeral photographs are overlaid with the voice of the artist performing as his dead father coming back to life. Desire is here expressed through the yearning for someone who is now unattainable.

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Disco / Raed Yassin / Lebanon / 2010 / 5’30 / 4:3
Disco tells the story of the artists’ father, a disco-addict and a fashion designer who leaves his family to find work abroad, eventually becoming a film star in the Egyptian horror industry. The interplay of image and text explores a generation’s fascination with celebrity, forging a story about abandonment,voyage, longing, and stardom.

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The Incident / Sissi Kaplan / France / 2012 / 8’ / 4:3
The Incident is a short experimental film about a strange encounter between a woman and a man. In the setting of a nocturnal urban landscape, a woman narrates her experience of an amorous night and exposes her thoughts about desire, love and fear that made the story’s fulfillment impossible.

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There is a spider living between us / Tejal Shah / India / 2008 / 6′ / 4:3
There is a spider living between us considers desire – the yearning for two to become one. This assimilation also exists formally in the multitude of deployed techniques – still frame animation, photocollage and memoir. We wander through, amid layers of language, lesbian sexuality and tribadism as a political, sexual act, as well as a physical fusing/scissoring. Ultimately the viewer is prompted to reflect upon the larger philosophical questions surrounding desire, which we may choose to frame for ourselves.

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EtéÉté / Romain Kronenberg / France / 2007 / 15’ / 16:9
Été (French word denoting both Summer and the past participle of the verb to be, i.e. ‘been’) is a movie of shadows and light where three people experiment with different kinds of love and desire, and as a result have to make choices and take their leave of things.

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Love, jealousy and wanting to be in two places at once / Gregg Smith / France / 2010 / 12’ / 16:9
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A young man recounts his story of love gone wrong. His marriage has been quietly growing lifeless, when his wife proposes that they attempt to rekindle their passion through the dance that first brought them together, the tango. But not any old tango, rather a more risqué partner-swapping form of the dance, with different partners in separate venues.

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Hulahoop Soundings / Edwin / Indonesia / 2008 / 7′ / 16:9
Lana gyrates her hulahoop whilst taking sex calls. Nico is madly in love with her. Heidy is his jealous girlfriend who believes Lana has put a spell on him. Hulahoop Soundings is an ironic remake of Joel Coen’s thesis film, Soundings.
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