CineKink Selects ‘Cabaret Desire’ to Open Ninth Annual Film Festival

CineKink is pleased to announce that the “Season Opener” selection for its ninth annual film festival, CineKink NYC, running February 7-12, 2012, is the US premiere of CABARET DESIRE.

Directed by Erika Lust, whose short works have won numerous awards at CineKink over the years, CABARET DESIRE weaves together several erotic vignettes, each introduced by a “poetry courtesan” at a bohemian gathering where readings, dance and music create a sensual vibe.

Set against a sumptuous Barcelona backdrop, CABARET DESIRE was inspired by the real-life Poetry Brothel, based in New York, and features some of its performers in setting each story into motion, tracing a journey through four tales of intimacy, love, passion and sex. A young woman grows tired of sexual labels and throws off having to choose. A poet recounts the unconventional escapades of his mysterious mother. At the brink of thirty, a woman looks at how her life has converged from the fantasies of her youth. The participants of a heated, short-lived tryst nervously anticipate their reunion an entire year later.

Cabaret Desire – Trailer from Erika Lust on Vimeo.

“It’s a genuine delight to have CABARET DESIRE open up this year’s festival and season,” said Lisa Vandever, co-founder and director of CineKink. “Erika Lust is an amazing director, whose explicitly erotic work demonstrates a real cinematic sensibility. Gorgeous filmmaking, engaging performances and a great sense of story — her films really exemplify everything that CineKink exists to encourage.”

CABARET DESIRE will screen on Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 pm at Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue, NYC), where the majority of the festival screenings are also unfolding.

CineKink NYC kicks off the previous evening, Tuesday, February 7, with a gala fundraising kick-off party, and runs through Sunday, February 12, concluding with an awards ceremony and an AfterGlow closing party.

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