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Power, Pleasure & Pain: Gaspar Noé (NSFW)

12 shorts show style and key-topics of the controversial French-Argentinian director.

«Choquer n’est pas une envie, mais un plaisir»

– Gaspar Noé

Hard, provocative, disturbing, Gaspar Noé‘s filmography often suggests an altered state, a perceptual and visceral reaction to both what is seen and the way it is shown. From love, pleasure, luxury, to nihilism and despair, we are drawn into hallucinatory worlds and stories at the edge of the human where the deepest and most primitive parts of ourselves are triggered, evoked, frightened. Here is a selection of short films of the controversial French-Argentinian director.

Tintarella di Luna (1985)
Fiction – Drama – France
35 mm – Scope
Color / Black & White
18 minutes

Synopsis: (Gaspar Noé’s first short film) A hidden village hidden among cliffs from where no one can escape. The plague spreads, the food became scarce, and the weakest were killed. A woman, after visiting her lover, need to cross a bridge to get to his house, but on the way is murdered by a maniac. These events are observed by a kind of God guarding the mysterious village.

Pulpe amère (1987)Film not avaiable.
Fiction – Drama – France
16mm – 1:37 Format
6 minutes

Synopsis: A night in Buenos Aires, a man enters the room ofhis maid and tries to rape her while a radio drama describes the thoughts of a man caught in a passionate love.

Carne / カルネ (1991)
Fiction – Drama – France
16mm blown-up to 35mm
40 minutes

Synopsis: A horse meat butcher from paris suburbs seduce a winding worker who disappears after the birth of their daughter Cynthia. The butcher raised alone his child who spend her days watching television. Their lives are a seemingly infinite monotonous routine. Time passes and the butcher keeps on washing his daughter like a baby, but she grow and he has to repress the temptation of incest.

Une Expérience d’Hypnose Télévisuelle (1995)
(in L’Oeil du Cyclone)
Fiction – Experimental – France
27 minutes

Description: this video is a parodic attempt to hypnotize the viewer through techniques known as “mechanical” and sensory processes like fascination or the hypnotic gaze: «What interests me is the hypnotic trance in which one can plunge a viewer. When you make a film and it works, you’re like a shaman, a hypnotist.» – Gaspar Noé

Sodomites (1998)
Fiction – Drama – France
2,35 – 35mm
7 minutes

Synopsys: a Phallus, a muscular Maciste, hung like a bull, and Sodoma, a beautiful sodomite with a horse’s mane, meet at night in a deserted place. The King give them, under the gaze of Amazons in battle dress, a condom and lubricant.   

Intoxication (2002)
Documentary – France
Cinemascope – 16 mm
5 minutes

Description: Short documentary filmed around the the same time as Irréversible (in 16mm Scope), in which his friend Stéphane Drouot – director of the cult film Star Suburb – discusses life with AIDS and his struggles to make films.

EVA 1, 2 & 3 (2005) – 3 short movies directed by Gaspar Noé for le “Grand Journal of Canal+”:

Eva 1
Soundtrack : Aquarium – Le Carnaval des animaux (Camille Saint-Saens)
Shot at the Hôtel Costes (Paris)
Tv broadcast : 12 may 2005

Eva 2
Soundtrack : School at Night – Goglin (Profondo Rosso by Dario Argento)
Shot at the Hôtel 3 14 (Cannes)
Tv broadcast : 17 may 2005

Eva 3 (Le petit chat)
Soundtrack : 13 Angels Standing Guard’ Round the Side of Your Bed (A Silver Mt. Zion)
Shot at the Hôtel Majestic (Cannes)
Tv broadcast : 19 may 2005

We Fuck Alone (2006) Click on the image to watch the film.
Fiction – Drama – UK / USA
Sony HDW-F900
23 minutes

Synopsis: A man and a woman masturbate to the same porn film in different room: an eloquent cinematic narrative about despair, loneliness and one man’s abandonment to pathologies of societal decay. The shortfim is a segment of Destricted: a 2006/2010 British-American drama film series that explores the line where art and pornography intersect.

SIDA (2008)
Documentary – France
DV – Panasonic DVX100
19 minutes

Description: In a hospital in Burkina Faso, a man infected by HIV. This film belongs to 8: a project including 8 shorts centered around 8 themes directed by 8 famous film directors involved and sharing their opinion on progress, on the set-backs and the challenges our planet faces today.

The Ritual (2012)
Fiction – Drama – Spain / France / Cuba
35 mm (Red One Camera)
12 minutes

Synopsis: Yamilslaidi, an attractive African-Cuban schoolgirl is forced by her parents to go into a cleaning ritual. They are determined to get their daughter rid of the “curse” she has been put on. The Ritual is a segment of 7 days in Havana: a contemporary snapshot of this iconic and eclectic city, seen through a feature-length movie made up of 7 chapters directed by 7 international filmmakers.

by Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Tommaso Fagioli

Founder @ Good Short Films. Fond of great stories, great thinkers, great food. My motto is: your motto.

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