Thoughts become desires and art becomes erotica
If you’re looking for grown-up gay erotica, it doesn’t get any better than the stylishly sexy work of filmmaker Noel Alejandro.
One of Alejandro’s most powerful films is The Seed.
Although filmed near Berlin, the story is set in Lyon. Alejandro gives us Gaspar (played by Yann André) - a young French guy who heads to the city park after work and takes the trail for a quick dip in the lake. He knows that it’s a cruising ground for sex. Gaspar’s pursuit ends the moment he sees Sebastian (Vic Valentine) emerging from the water. With a vagabond attitude and a provocative Danish accent, Sebastian is the one to show Gaspar how a simple thought can grow like a seed, and become a desire.
I caught up with Alejandro for a behind-the-scenes look at The Seed.
You filmed The Seed in a forest near Berlin?
It was summer, and we wanted to film something out of the classic house where everything happens under a roof. You have to take advantage of this time of year in Berlin – at any other time of the year it’s very difficult to record exteriors due to the weather and the few hours of sunshine.
What was your casting process for this production?
I usually work with a lot of beginners – somehow they get in touch with me because they’re interested in participating in a more artistic project. I cast Vic Valentine in his first film, I also cast Yann André who I’d worked with previously on Trivial.
The Seed tackles issues around drugs and addiction - do you think your audience will be surprised with the way that you’re tackling this subject?
I think movies should raise problems, questions. Talk about taboos and never limit yourself to anything. A film, for me, is a journey within the psychology and malice of the director. The director has created a work based on a concept that they been growing, modifying, and producing during all the production processes of filming and editing.
What do you hope that audiences will feel when watching this film?
I’d like them to feel worried about how vulnerable we can be.