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A man is lying on his back. He’s dizzy. He calls himself a detective – at least that’s what it says on that plate on his office’s door. He looks up, he’s not alone. He identifies her legs, her hips, her breasts and her eyes. She’s standing next to him, but something is not right: she’s holding a gun. And she’s pointing it at him.
She’s smart, she’s dangerous, she knows what she wants and she’ll do what it takes – she’s a femme fatale!
This story was born after a confession submitted by MissD, in which she said she is a big fan of cinema noir and that, despite of it being a cliché, what she really wanted to see was the sex encounter of a detective and its “pray”. A pray that would later reveal herself to be the real threat.
Maybe it’s a cliché, but it’s my deepest kink. Please make a film for me. – MissD
Sure thing, MissD! So, there we were: writing a cinema noir scrip, dizzy as it could get, starting by its end. Tricky and ambitious! I’ve put my team to work and we did everything to recreate the atmosphere of the years 20, the veils, the old cable phones… We went scouting through entire Barcelona and luckily we heard about this new cool bar that had just opened its doors, a few meters away from the Lust offices. It was called “Paradiso” (could the name be any more appropriate?), and guess our surprise when we found out that the bar was a real speakeasy bar, with hidden hallways and secret rooms placed inside refrigerators.
To play the mysterious characters, I invited two new performers: Zoe Davis and Max Deeds. It was their first time in XConfessions and I really liked their look on the camera. This short required some acting skills, and I am super thankful that they accepted the challenge and gave themselves to this full day of shooting.
And last but not least (trust me), we had one of the best trumpeters in Spain, David Herrington, to elaborate the soundtrack for the film. He’s just amazing! Besides being a real sweetheart and understanding eventual delays (we started setting up the set at 6.30am that day, but as the script was complicated some of the scenes took way too long to be shot), it was just wonderful when he started playing. The whole crew got silent and we stayed there, amazed by the sound of his trumpet.
“But what about the pastrami sandwiches”, you must be asking, to which I’ll answer: Yep, there was one. A good, original pastrami sandwich, typical from Paradiso Bar, and already present in the top 10 sandwiches in all Barcelona.
That very own pastrami sandwich that our femme fatale would slowly appreciate after finishing whatever it is that she had to do that day. If it’s true that, after the take, everyone from the crew wanted to try it so we had to split it in about 10 little pieces? You’ll never know 😛
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