Self Love Ritual by Lena Marquise
Director: Lena Marquise
Art Director: Lena Marquise
“Self Love Ritual” is a film directed and edited by Lena Marquise which depicts a woman (Seraph the muse) in varying stages of ritualistic preparation for self love, and a fantastical male presence which seemingly governs her actions (Rhetor the narrator). It is intentionally difficult to distinguish who is fantasizing about whom; the fantasy and the reality are interchangeable depending on the viewer’s perspective. This film is shot in a fashion editorial style to invoke as little sentiment as possible, while using highly emotional audio of Ellens Gesang III’s D839 ‘Ave Maria’. The director’s hope is that when censorship of mature and sexually implicit and explicit content lifts from media, this is how fashion editorial videos.
“Self Love Ritual” is the first artistically ertoic (explicit softcore) film in which the artist who directed and edited the film did not appear in front of the camera, allowing her to have greater control in co-directing the cinematography. The emotional dissonance created by editing the images of someone else’s body, the post production process was less emotional, and thus provided a less abstract, and more cohesive value to the style. It is a projection into the future of fashion films.