Damien Vignaux's New Film Flips Gender Roles in Shibari

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Suffocation.
Time suspended.
The things holding us back.
The weakness, inadequacy, the frustration.
The patterns of our restlessness.

These are the words paired with this stunning new short film directed by Damien Vignaux, Patterns of Restlessness. The film seems to dip its toe in the fashion film realm yet retains a raw, fine art aesthetic that left me mesmerized. The attention to detail sets Damien’s work apart along with his ability to collaborate with individual talent, unifying their skillset’s to imagine one vision.

“We wrote around the parable of Damocles but inverted, it’s the man who is suspended, like if you pause while falling, just before the fatal moment hitting the ground, and endlessly reflect on your deeds.”

A few words from the director:

We had the chance to meet and work with rope artist Marika Leila Roux and we wanted to do something edgy and new out of it, because everybody is using shibari in this hypersexual way, and rarely with men.
We wrote around the parable of Damocles but inverted, it’s the man who is suspended, like if you pause while falling, just before the fatal moment hitting the ground, and endlessly reflect on your deeds.

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MODEL : DANIEL KRONE (CORE MODEL MANAGEMENT)
ROPE ARTIST : MARIKA LEILA ROUX
STYLIST : YVONNE SCHIPPKE
MAKE-UP ARTIST : AENNIKIN
ROPE ARTIST ASSISTANTS : ROSITA & MARIE

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY : DAMIEN VIGNAUX
CINEMATOGRAPHY : JALALUDIN TRAUTMANN (BVK)
POST-PRODUCTION : NOD PARIS
ORIGINAL SCORE : STAUB AUDIO
Produced with the help of DOITY and ARRI Berlin

1st AC : Alexander Kohn
2nd AC : Wesley Salomone
DIT : Dennis Helm
Key Grip : Børge Wiesenthal
Gaffer : Oliver Geissler
Best Boy: Arne Weiß

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