An Interview With Erika Lust: Erotic Filmmaker and GV IXFF Finalist

Are you ready for the Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Fest? We are! To get things started with a bang, I interviewed Erika Lust. We’re hosting “Night of Lust: Sexy Euro Cinema, an evening of her explicit erotic shorts  at the Roxie Cinema on September 18. And her film Room 33 will be showcased at the Castro Theater on September 22. Get your ticket here!

How did you find out about the GV Indie Erotic Film Fest?

I’ve been in contact with Good Vibes for a while now, since we both have erotic boutiques. They bought some of my movies and we kept in touch since then. So we mutually follow our projects.

Tell us a bit about your film. What’s it about? And what inspired you to create it?

Room 33 was made within the “Camper Hotel” campaign: six directors were asked to shoot a short film in only 24 hours and only one space, the Camper Hotel in Barcelona. The other condition was total freedom in terms of script. So I decided to show a couple going into the hotel, and meeting another third person¦ I wanted to show the sensuality and how sexy we sometimes get to feel in a nice hotel, and also to show what happens behind the bedroom doors¦ In some way it is the sequel of my previous short film Handcuffs. This project was a real challenge.

Seven minutes or less is a pretty tight limit. What are some of the challenges in creating a short erotic film?

Expressing all you want to express, looks, sensations, and make things happen in a natural and sensual way is pretty difficult. You have to constantly evaluate what is worth including or not and try to make the audience forget that they’re watching a short film.

What’s your background in film or in making erotic films? How does making an erotic film differ from making a non-erotic one?

I started making short films when I finished my studies and then I moved to Spain and started working in production houses, I used to pick up actors at the airport, made coffee¦ 🙂 I also took classes in film directing for a while. Then I set up my company and I got to do it my way. Actually making an erotic film is not that different from making a non-erotic one, you need to imagine the effect every shoot will have on the audience, if it’s going to trigger a certain feeling. Like in non erotic film, you need to manage the actors so they feel comfortable and eager to communicate something. Erotic is all about suggestion, that’s the different and most difficult part.

What do you hope audiences will get from your work?

I hope they’ll be aroused! And that they’ll feel like they’ve seen something different, and that they keep thinking about it when they go to bed at night.

Who are your performers, and how did you meet them/invite them to participate?

Paco Roca and Natalia Paris were already the characters of my previous short film, Handcuffs. We met during a casual casting, talked about the project and they actually felt very optimistic about making an erotic short film. Then Toni Fontana was added to the cast of Room 33. He liked it very much and he actually got to be part of the cast of my new full-length film Cabaret Desire.

Were there any funny or unexpected moments while filming?

Definitely, we were shooting in a hotel and of course making noise and a few people who were in the other rooms got out and made angry “ssssshhhhhs”. The hotel is nice but the rooms aren’t that big and neither are the corridors so it was very tricky. It looks ok in the film, but behind the scenes it was pretty chaotic.

What advice would you give to first-time erotic filmmakers, or filmmakers in general?

I would tell them to express their imagination, not what other people tell them they should do. We all have different opinions and you can’t make everybody happy, so just be yourself and the result will be much more natural and authentic. That’s how you can be unique.

How does your film reflect your views on sex? Did you discover anything interesting or surprising in the process of making the film?

Room 33 basically says that sex isn’t only mechanical. For it to be satisfying on every level, it has to include some kind of intimacy, a connection, feelings of passion. It can be between lovers or complete strangers, but in my opinion there still has to be genuine desire, a look, a scream, something that makes it human.

What projects are you working on now/next?

I’m currently in the post-production process of my new film Cabaret Desire, which will be out in early October. It’s a full-length film that required months of work and many different sets and actors. The biggest Lust project so far! It takes most of my time these days.

Want a taste? Check out the making of Room 33! And follow Erika on Facebook, Twitter, and Vimeo.

Dr. Charlie Glickman

Charlie Glickman is the Education Program Manager at Good Vibrations. He also writes, blogs, teaches workshops and university courses, presents at conferences, and trains sexuality educators. He’s certified by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists, and loves geeking out about sex, relationships, sex-positivity, love and shame, communities of erotic affiliation, and sexual practices and techniques of all varieties. Follow him online, on Twitter at @charlieglickman, or on Facebook.

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