Dienstag, 26. Mai 2015

Shooting Sex in LOVE - An INDIEWIRE interview with Gaspar Noé

INDIEWIRE made an interview with French-Argentine director Gaspar Noé about his 3D movie LOVE. Without no doubt, the relevance of the film are the lots of explicit SEX scenes, performed by the three main characters. LOVE is presenting real sex over and over again, until watching it feels like the most natural thing in the world. It’s what the male lead Murphy (Karl Glusman) describes as “sentimental sexuality”. That is sex within a romantic relationship, as opposed to the workmanlike couplings of hardcore pornography. 
During the interview Gaspar Noé reveals some interesting facts, how the hardcore scenes were prepared by the celebs and how the sex of LOVE were shot.


Shooting Sex in LOVE

An INDIEWIRE interview with Gaspar Noé




Some excerpts from the full interview with Gaspar Noé

"Gaspar Noé on Shooting Sex in LOVE and Why He Loves His Bad Reviews"
 By Nigel M. Smith, Indiewire May 23 2015


‘Gaspar Noé may be the only director in history who could make a two-and-a-quarter-hours-long pornographic film in 3D and then have it legitimately described as his least offensive picture to date.’ - The Daily Telegraph

I'm curious to know what came first when you were devising this movie. Was it the story you tell in LOVE, or the boundary-pushing depiction of sexuality?

I just wanted to portray sexual passion as much as possible, because in real-life it's very common, but you don't see it properly portrayed onscreen. The last movie where I thought love was truly presented was in "Blue is the Warmest Color."
 Because for them it's a battlefield full of joys and pain. That whole thing that makes the process of finding love like an addiction to some kind of weird chemical that your brain is releasing, and you get addicted to serotonin and dopamine, endorphins.

Obviously, people are going to be drawing parallels between you and the main character in the film, given the fact that he's a filmmaker and he has that line about why he wants to make a movie that features real sex. Just how autobiographical is LOVE? 

More than half of my friends are in the film industry, because I hang out with directors or visual effects makers, so I decided that I would do a movie about the kind of people that I am or I know, and it's a mix. It's not autobiographical; there are many thoughts that he has in his mind that are not mine, because they're his redneck thoughts. But at the same time, the guy's not a hero and not an antihero, he's just a regular guy with a good thematic taste, or sometimes with a very strict behavior. It's maybe some parody of my friends and myself.

His character's voiceover narration in LOVE is so solemn and quiet in delivery. What went into that choice?

We tried his voice in a more emotional way, but then you can't feel natural reading the text or playing the part. I guess that inside your brain the thoughts are atonal.
 To say it was flat with no breath and no energy, then your voice can transmit some emotions. I don't think the inner thoughts really can contain a shaky voice.

Did you actors set up any boundaries with you prior to shooting, or were just willing to do anything you threw their way?

It's weird, sometimes they had issues about things that I cannot understand. For example, at the point the couple buys a dildo [in the movie].

I thought they were going to use it.

I thought they would, but the actress said, "No way, I'm not going to use a dildo in front of a camera." For her, that was a vision of degradation or humiliation. She said, "No way I'm going to put a vibrator -- or whatever -- inside my pussy."

How did you work around these types of issues when they arose?
She wasn't an actress, she was just a girl. She used to be a model, and she said yes to the movie as a life experience. She had no career plans, and nowadays she doesn't know if she wants to make another movie or not. She's living the present time.

Who went about choreographing the sex scenes?

There was no choreography.

There was no choreography whatsoever? Even in the threesome scene that runs for what felt like ten minutes?

No, I just put them in the position and say, "Okay, looks good, okay, start the scene."

What kind of direction did you give them when they got started?
"Let's go." I was very hands off when we were shooting. Once you put the people in the right positions it's okay. Let's start. They know how to do it. I'm not a very director director.

Do you storyboard your films?

No. I don't pre-write the dialogue and I don't storyboard. There is a situation that we improvised it together on set.

Moving on to the 3D aspect of LOVE. What appeals to you about the experience?

It makes things more real, more intimate. You feel like you are puppets inside a box, because it's a rectangle with faces inside.


Was it a particular 3D experience that inspired you to shoot "Love" in 3D?

No. I really like GRAVITY for its 3D, but also in HUGO by [Martin] Scorsese. There was a long shot -- like a closeup of [Georges] Méliès facing the camera and on the big screen that seemed kind of monumental. You seriously should be careful when you do a 3D movie not to cut too fast or to overedit because it's mind-exhausting. Once you fill the space, it's better to let the scene last.


Does LOVE have to be seen in 3D?

I think it's much more emotional in 3D. I've never seen the 2D version.


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Read full INDIEWIRE Interview with Gaspar Noé

READ MORE
Cannes Review: 
Hardcore Sex Isn't the Craziest Thing About Gaspar Noé's 3D LOVE
http://www.indiewire.com/article/cannes-review-hardcore-sex-isnt-the-craziest-thing-about-gaspar-noes-3d-love-20150520

Cannes: Gaspar Noé Calls 3D 'Childish,' Wants 12-Year-Olds to SeeLOVE
http://www.indiewire.com/article/cannes-gaspar-noe-calls-3d-childish-wants-12-year-olds-to-see-love-20150521


Montag, 25. Mai 2015

LOVE - A Sexual Threesome Melodrama by Gaspar Noé

Several years ago cotroversial film director Gaspar Noé announced, that he wants to make "a joyful porn". This year at the Cannes Film Festival his new film premiered on 20th May 2015 at midnight. It's simply called LOVE and centers around a threesome relationship. The published poster announce explicit sex and reveal LOVE as a pornographic film. Noé stresses that his movie - shot in CinemaScope - wants to delve into both the emotional and physical extremes of a relationship, with 3D acting as a method to allow an "immersive" experience for the viewer.


LOVE -

A Sexual Threesome Melodrama
By Gaspar Noé





THE TELEGRAPH revealed: the 3D sex odyssey set of Gaspar Noe's LOVE
Few directors become the talk of Cannes with little more than a film title and a poster. Yet with his explicit 3D sex odyssey LOVE, which has a midnight screening at the festival on May 20, Gaspar Noe has done just that. It's nothing new for Noe, whose previous films have been known to leave shocked cinema-goers requiring medical attention. With only tidbits of the films story released, and posters so graphic they should come with a NSFW Not Safe For Work warning attached, here's everything we know about LOVE so far.


Klara Kristin, Gaspar Noe, Karl Glusman, Aomi Muyock
at Cannes Film Festival LOVE-Premiere 20th May 2015.




Gaspar Noé wanted to portray sexual passion as much as possible
During an interview with INDIE.WIRE director Gaspar Noé was asked for the sex scenes in LOVE. 
Question:
I'm curious to know what came first when you were devising this movie. Was it the story you tell in LOVE, or the boundary-pushing depiction of sexuality?
Gaspar Noé:
I just wanted to portray sexual passion as much as possible, because in real-life it's very common, but you don't see it properly portrayed onscreen. The last movie where I thought love was truly presented was in BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR. Because for them it's a battlefield full of joys and pain. That whole thing that makes the process of finding love like an addiction to some kind of weird chemical that your brain is releasing, and you get addicted to serotonin and dopamine, endorphins.


LOVE opens with an explicit masturbation secene up to the climax:
Murphy (Karl Glusman) & Electra (Aomi Muyock) stimulate each other's genitals.

1. It is an ode to sex
Noe has said that he consciously made LOVE a celebration of sex to counter the frequently dark and moralistic portrayals seen in traditional cinema. "Of all my films," he wrote in the Cannes programme notes, "this one is closest to what I have been able to know of existence.
The only violence in the whole film is how people who are madly in love insult each other."
It appears to be a change of direction, then, for a director who gave audiences a 30-second warning to leave the cinema before the close of his 1998 film I STAND ALONE. (The film ended with scenes of incestuous sexual abuse.)


 
In search for Life and Lust without no limits: Electra, Murphy and Omi.

2. ...shot in 3D
Noe has said that he wanted his film to offer an immersive experience of sex, and coupled with his existing fascination with 3D, he decided to make the shift into the other dimension. I felt that 3D would allow the viewer a greater sense of identification with the lead character and his nostalgic state," he explained.
Noe added that he regretted not shooting his last film, ENTER THE VOID (2009), in the medium, particularly a point-of-view sequence that travels up a womans fallopian tube.


 The Threesome Lovers:
 Aomi Muyock as Electra, Karl Glusman as Murphy, Klara Kristin as Omi.
 
3. Two of the film's stars haven't acted before
Aomi Muyock, a Swiss model, and Klara Kristin both make their screen debuts in Love. Noe talked about his casting process in a 2014 interview with Bomb magazine. "I have been slowly preparing my next movie, which is a very sentimental erotic film," he told the artist Matthew Barney. "So I am meeting kids - girls and boys - and I will continue for quite some time."
The male lead, Murphy, whom Noe describes as the ultimate 3D baby-maker", is played by American actor Karl Glusman.
Glusman, who was born in the Bronx and grew up in Oregon, may be on the cusp of fame. His current CV includes stints on the stage as well as minor roles in TV dramas and short films, a small part in a tech-themed slasher movie called Ratter, and some offbeat dance performances pieces such as Consilience.
But in the next few years Glusman will be seen in Roland Emmerichs gay rights drama Stonewall and Nicolas Winding Refns LA-set horror The Neon Demon.


The love begins tenderly and extends romantic, but also chaotic.

4. It takes place in Paris
Murphy is an English-speaking character living in Paris as a film student. It is here that he meets Electra, with whom he enters into a life-changing love affair.

5. Its told in the past tense
Not one for conventional narratives - IRRVERSIBLE opened with the storys horrific conclusion - Noe has filmed LOVE in flashback form. The story opens with a present-day Murphy receiving a phone call from Electra's anxious mother, which draws him into memories of his insatiable affair with her daughter.


 In the mix of emotions Murphy is thrown between hope and despair.

6. There may be walkouts when it screens
Two-hundred-and-fifty people walked out of the Cannes premiere of IRRVERSIBLE in 2002, with many of them leaving even before its notoriously disturbing rape scene. ENTER THE VOID and I STAND ALONE sparked similar reactions at festivals and screenings.
Early reports from the blog Paris Match hint that LOVE's opening sequence will result in similar walkouts. Noe has publicly expressed his hope that this is a film "to make girls cry and give boys hard-ons."


How many real cumshots will LOVE present the watching audience?

7. Its US distributors want to show it uncensored
Alchemy Films has picked up the US rights to Love, and the company has said it "will do everything we can to protect this masterful film".
According to The Hollywood Reporter, LOVE might be released unrated: the strategy Lionsgate adopted when it distributed Irrversible. However getting the film into cinemas which are set up for 3D may be a challenge; and it's unclear whether Netflix, which hosts Alchemy titles, will show an uncut version of the film.

8. But they might have trouble showing the posters
Four posters have been released for the film so far. The one below is the least explicit.


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