Destricted

Year: 2007
Country: USA
Running time: 115 mins
USA/UK
Photography: Peter Strietmann, Seamus McGarvey, Aleksandar Ilic
Music: Jonathan Bepler, Matmos, Andrew Hale, Richard Prince
R18 explicit sex scenes, strobe lighting effects may affect some people

Festivals: Sundance, Locarno, Cannes (Critics' Week), Edinburgh 2006
Intended as "cerebral" work to reinvigorate erotic cinema, Destricted is the product of seven artists who were told to go forth and make pornography: "Do anything you want, as long as you do it in less than 20 minutes." The resulting short films prove, if anything, that artists - especially hot crossover personalities like Matthew Barney (The Cremaster Cycle) and Sam Taylor-Wood - get their jollies in much weirder and more imaginative ways than regular folk. In Barney's film Hoist, an unidentified man, with roots protruding from his body, makes athletic love to a large earthmoving machine. Taylor-Wood chips in with Death Valley, a tale of failed self-stimulation in a majestic desert landscape. Along with spicy offerings from Richard Prince, Marina Abramovic, Gaspar Noé and Marco Brambilla, perpetual bad-boy (still, at 63!) Larry Clark (Kids) delivers Impaled, in which he plays sexual matchmaker to a group of young male wannabe porn stars. Be warned: these films contain sexually explicit material and strobe lighting.