CONATUS is the name of the power that makes us act and strive moves our bodies according to their affinity. It also moves a couple through this short film, back together and apart. Walking the thin line between romance and trespass we have to ask ourselves: Don´t we all call things good, because we secretly want to do them? Go ahead and find the rhythm of your love. And give me the death that I need. Baby.
The film explores the topic of the female dead body and how it is shown on screen: exposed, conventionally attractive and sexualized despite its lifelessness. Growing increasingly frustrated with this passive depiction, the director chose to revive the dead woman, so she could speak her mind and regain some agency.
By Sophie Stadler
Canon EOS 5D2
KD 5207 Vis3