Lars von Trier ready to revolutionize gay porn
September 30, 2004
PARIS — Danish director Lars von Trier, winner of the top prize at the
Cannes film festival in 2000 for Dancer in the Dark, is bringing
his avant-garde approach to the formulaic world of gay porn.
Lars von Trier
Hot Men Cool Boyz, produced by von Trier's Zentropa company
and directed by Knud Vesterskov, will be released worldwide on
October 6 on DVD.
Von Trier is one of the founding members of the Dogma movement,
which demands purity and truth in film-making (no false lighting,
hand-held cameras). He wants to bring that same realism to gay
Zentropa has already produced three porn films for heterosexuals
– Pink Prison, Constance and All About Anna – that adhere
to similar principles, such as the need for a real plot, sincere
acting and a total lack of violence.
"Feelings, passions, sensuality, intimacy and the lead-up must
be emphasized," according to a statement drafted by Zentropa's
division for X-rated fare.
"Now wanting to tackle the issue of male homosexuality, Lars von
Trier is pursuing his efforts to decipher human emotions, and gay
sex is part of that," said Zentropa representative Nicolas Barbano,
in Paris to promote the gay film.
"To our great surprise, Hot Men Cool Boyz, which was filmed in
2000, at first met with criticism from distributors of gay films.
For a long time, they said the film was 'too different'," Barbano
told AFP. – Sapa-AFP
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