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A devoted wink to our lovely contributors who reveal their inspirations and seductive anecdotes

Catherine Breillat

“I have to desire him. I have to like him; I have to want him in order for it to come across in the film. With this character, I was absolutely overwhelmed by him and constantly surprised by him...”

Charles Usher

“Like so much else of Seoul's sexuality, though, to see it you have to know when and where to look.”

Alasdair Gray

“No nation could exist without the sex drive, also widely known as love.”

AA Bronson

“This love is implicitly erotic and it is its infinite mobility, its very animation, its ability to infuse itself within every corner of my life, like cigarette smoke, or perfume, that makes it erotic.”

Mette Ingvartsen

“By experimentation, it's possible for me to let go of the idea of whether something is possible or not.”

Alaric Alexander Smeets

“...with her golden hair draped over her shoulders, the sight of her was enough to make my tripping mind supernova...”

Katherine Cooper

“You can see, hear, smell another person and still maintain a relative distance, but to taste somebody you must get up close and personal.”

Mircea Cartarescu

“Nocturnal Bucharest filled my window, pouring inside and reaching into my body.”

Rebecca Solnit

“...sensuality can be everywhere and anywhere, in all the pleasures of the body, including the rhythms of walking...”

Nathalie Hartjes

“Then, will all these pulses that zap through us with desire, sex, love, heartbreak, invisible as they may seem, forever change our circuitry?”

Ira Sachs

“...All my films were stories of deceit, a subject that I found extremely compelling...”

Veronique Branquinho

“I love watching people. It’s a great pastime, and I just cannot help myself doing this.”

Eddie Peake

“...We couldn't afford to rent a studio, or buy expensive materials. What I do have is a body to use freely...”

Miet Warlop

“...the men I’ve loved have mostly been people who can carry me off to ‘somewhere’ else...”

Tianzhuo Chen

“...There is no judgement in my work, it presents a chaos, which is sexual and provocative and one we all need to go through...”

Carlos Reygadas

“This is true for sex. For me, personally, there’s no more spiritual way of expressing love than through a sexual act.”
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