Noel Alejandro gives us erotic film-making at its most artistic and compelling
If you’re looking for grown-up gay erotica, it doesn’t get any better than the stylishly sexy work of filmmaker Noel Alejandro.
His latest release is Under The Rain.
Under the Rain is an explicit film, but it’s a long way from what you might be expecting from your average porn vid.
Alejandro is a filmmaker and a storyteller, and with this production he’s continuing to explore erotica as an art form.
Drawing on his personal experiences and his perspective on art, ethics, obscenity, pornography, career and ambition, Alejandro gives us a surreal, moody, enigmatic, and arousing piece of work.
Under the Rain stars Valentin Braun, Anteo Chara, Markus Reid, and Enki Babylon. In this story, four men immerse themselves an abandoned building for an art project. Boundaries between fiction and reality are blurred, it’s unclear whether their conversations are scripted or actual. Doubts, fears, ambitions, and passions emerge and needs are satisfied.
There’s plenty of explicit sex, and it all feels very real and very authentic.
“For me, the most important thing is to film natural sex…” adds Alejandro. “I guess that’s an indication of the kind of sex that I like. I’ve had encounters with some people who had sex as if they were in a bad porn film, and you could feel that through their fake attitude, their showing off, the lack of any real connection with what they were doing – it was definitely bad sex.”
Alejandro is originally from Barcelona, but now lives in Berlin – where Under the Rain was filmed.
“I’m in love with this city…” says Alejandro, referring to his adopted. “Everybody just accepts their sexuality – never afraid of being too much. Although the weather is bad, for many years Berlin has been the place to be, and it will be for many years – this is a city with powerful vibes.”
He cites as his influences, filmmakers such as Jaime Rosales, Markus Schleinzer, Martin Provost, Michael Hanneke, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Darren Aronofsky, Lars Von Trier, and Almodovar.
“I think movies should raise problems, questions…” says Alejandro. “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.”
“I realised the lack of variety we had in porn – not only in straight porn but also in gay porn…” explains Alejandro. “In the last few decades, porn has become something completely flat and fake . Most of the actors seem to be more worried about showing off their perfect bodies, instead of having a nice experience with their partner.”
“A lot of women watch my films…” adds Alejandro – who generally works with a predominantly female crew. “ I often have emails from women telling me that they like my work and that they connect with it very easily. That really makes me feel proud of what I’m doing.”