During casting sessions, young women from Copenhagen talk candidly about their sexual experiences. Initially, the two female directors wanted to make a film as a way of better understanding their own sexual desires and frustrations. In response to a casting call, more than a hundred ordinary young women turned up and talked straight into the camera about their erotic fantasies. As shooting progressed, the filmmakers realized that these intimate casting sessions should in fact be the final film. The interviewees gradually open up: one shy woman discovered that she gets aroused watching two men having sex. Another woman talks about how she finds it difficult to submit to a man. A recurring frustration is that women are supposed to be simultaneously innocent and wild, often an impossible combination. Because the man is supposed to actively take steps – you don’t kiss him, he kisses you – his intentions and motivations are easier to understand. The bare surroundings of a casting studio allow Venus to pierce these female passions.
About direction (Lea Glob / Mette Carla Albrechtsen)
- Lea Glob (1982); Graduated from the National Film School of Denmark in 2011 as a documentary director and TV organiser. She has worked in still and video photography since her early years.
Her graduation film "Meeting My Father Kasper Top Hat" (2011) was nominated for a Robert and received an award for most innovative documentary at the Chinese Sichuan TV festival.
- Mette Carla Albrechtsen (1980); she studied creative communication at the Graphic Arts Institute in Copenhagen and worked in different advertising agencies before attending the National Film School of Denmark, where she graduated as a multi-camera director and studio producer in 2009.
She and Lea Glob won the Nordic Talent Pitch Prize in 2011 for their film project "Human Female Sexuality." Selected for IDFA First Appearance Competition is Albrechtsen and Glob's feature-length documentary elaborating further on the theme of female desire, "Venus" (2016). The film is Albrechtsen's first long documentary.
Awards & Festivals
- Göteborg International Film Festival – Sweden, 2017
- DocPoint Tallinn – Estonia, 2017
- Helsinki Doc Point Documentary Film Festival – Finland, 2017
- Docu Days UA - Ukraine, 2017
- IDFA – Netherlands, 2016