SEX :: PREVIEW LUST FOR LIFE (NSFW)

Written by Kelly Lovemonster

“What if vampires were actually kind and caring?” My words lingered with erotic film star and director Damien Moreau as he peered out a cab window late one evening in Mexico City. We were in DF to celebrate 4U Mag’s Issue 12 Vampire Pride, so the theme of vampires was very present in our circle of friends. Little did I know, my casual musings would inspire Moreau’s next film. “I immediately fell in love with the idea of vampires being kind, with no human or vampire villainy. A utopic vision of a unified world,” he told me via email earlier this week as he was releasing the trailer for the film inspired by our conversation, Lust for Life.

A few days after our initial chat, Moreau found himself reimagining and crafting this dark fantastic world. “I was alone in DF again, anonymous, a bit broken hearted, looking for something to feed me creatively; I felt like a vampire who wanted to belong. The story developed and grew, quite quickly …” In a week’s time, camera in hand, Moreau began filming the newest tale in growing tradition of cinematic vampire myths. “I just wanted to see a vampire movie where human life wasn’t put on a pedestal for moral exploitation and instead humans’ only role in the film would be used for the vampires longevity and nourishment.”

Moreau hasn’t revealed when his film will be released, but I’m sure y’all can expect to see it on his website. Maybe there will even be a very special Mexico City premiere, followed by a 4umag.com exclusive and then the film festival circuit. Watch the above trailer for Moreau’s newest project Lust for Life and read the rest of our chat below to discover more about the film and the group of artists that help inspire it.

4U Mag:: Describe the premise of Lust for Life.

Damien Moreau:: In my narrative/re-telling, when a vampire is born they lose all memory of themselves and their past. They are born with a clean slate but a heavy one. The vampires possess nothing but the primal instincts to survive at any cost, hence the lust for blood. They feed, they kill, they have no empathy, no morality, no memory. When a vampire feeds very early on, usually on rats or carrion, the plasma in the blood permeates their system, augmenting their instinct and promoting an evolution. They begin to carry, only momentarily, the memory, feelings, and experiences of that which they have fed. The more a vampire feeds, the larger their capacity for holding plasmatic information like memories and feelings. They begin to evolve. Eventually the vampire feeds from larger and smarter prey, finding themselves interacting with humans, the most evolved of the food chain. Feeding from a human source changes the game in this developmental stage. The adrenaline rush from the incoming plasma allows them a vicarious humanity for a very short while, but in that time they can start to develop feelings and memories of their own. Vampires still carry the antibodies and antigens to keep blood alive within their body but only for a period of time, four to six weeks depending on the quantity. The vampire can also exist in the sun and is not affected by the weapons of myth and folklore.

In Lust for Life, we meet our vampire in the 30th year of his life after death. After years as an outsider, feeding on humans, something in him changes and he suddenly has the desire to connect with his hosts. We meet him in the midst of his exploration of humanity at the time when he begins recording his hosts, on a DSLR camera, as they tell him about the existential dilemma of being human. After a chance meeting with a man who is HIV positive (played by artist Manuel Solano) the vampire has an emotional re-​​awakening in which he discovers that humans and vampires are not too dissimilar. The vampire sees that his desire for human interaction goes beyond the need to feed and transforms into a need to belong. The film is about this discovery.

4U:: Can you tell us a little bit about the actors you used in this film? Who are they, how do you know them; and how do they inspire you?

DM:: After a performance at the Museo Universitario del Chopo with Alan Balthazar, Lorena Barquet and myself for 4U Mag, a group of us ended up at a charming little bar in El Centro called Bósforo. I was talking about my idea to a few people and you, Kelly said that I should ask Adrián López, who we were sitting with, to be the vampire. I agreed with you that Adrián had this thing about him that would be perfect for the character – per your nudge I approached Adrián about the role and he was interested in the story and agreed to play the vampire. After that I approached each person separately asking if they were interested and, thankfully, everyone said yes, making it very easy to cast. I knew Alan Balthazar, Caitlin Donohue, Pepe Romero and Manuel Solano prior to the film and admired their work as artists and creators. Sandra Blow and Thania Millán were acquaintances at the time and since have become friends.

The truly great thing about the film is that it became a written collaboration between the actors and myself. I wrote a very basic treatment and had them fill in their own words and experiences for their characters. In this way they could identify with their characters, making the performance feel less acted and more personal, real. They each brought something different to the film and in the end their contributions made for a very beautiful and dark story. The actors were inspirations throughout. I made the film around them, in a way, around their own personal stories and experiences with being human.

4U:: What do you currently lust for?

DM:: Life.

Check out more Damien Moreau here, here and here.

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