NSFW: “Libidinis” by Rosa Peris and Mercedes Peris

Libidinis manages to be gently erotic even though the two main characters spend the film ripping off each other’s skin. The filmmakers, Spanish twin sisters Rosa Peris and Mercedes Peris, create a fluid, ethereal space with sensuous pencil and ink linework, and splashes of color in gouache, pastel and marker:

A man and a woman uncover each other, taking off their skin as an intimate act. They are interrupted by two children who attend the Love School. Libidinis is a short film produced by the research group Plastic Art Expression of Movement, Animation and Light-Kinetics (Universidad Politecnica de Valencia), specially made for the exhibition SKIN, which aimed to show the human skin as a humanistic study object. It was commissioned by the Wellcome Trust London and the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).


  • JK Riki

    This was featured at the Pittsburgh Film Festival, and I was aghast that it managed to win third prize overall. The animation is nice enough, but I absolutely hated having to sit through it. It made me feel sick to my stomach and dragged on much longer than necessary. If the goal was to marry horrific sound effects with disturbing swimming flesh-ripping nonsense then I suppose it was a success. I personally find animation can be put to much, much better use. Completely not my type of animation at all, and in my opinion a shame that more deserving films were passed over for the festival. There were a few “experimental” style films on display, and they were each a waste of time that could have gone to well written pieces with story. I very much wish people would stop making those films that consist of nothing but quick cuts of clocks and randomly lit objects, with a few “close up on old man’s eyes” thrown in for good measure.

    Obviously that is just my own personal opinion on it, and some may find great joy in watching this piece, and others like it. Kudos to you, I most certainly did not. I suppose that’s what makes us all unique. I can only imagine the amount of time it took to create such a visually intense piece (and of high quality too, I will not let my own feelings of it undermine how well this is crafted, because it is very well done) and I spent the last three minutes of the film wishing that that huge amount of time had been spent on an actual story with appealing characters instead. What might have been created? I’d wager something brilliant, because it’s clear the artists have the skill set to do great work. Now they just need a subject matter to match, in my opinion.

    • Tyler Williams

      Naw man, this is beautiful. It’s foreplay, some just like rougher than others.

  • Daniel J. Drazen

    This reminds me very much of Paolo and Francesca, the lovers in the whirlwind in the second circle of Dante’s Inferno.

  • Jamil

    It’s very odd how less impressive/important posts get way more attention, feedback and hundreds of comments, and posts like these almost go unnoticed!!

    • AmidAmidi

      Jamil – We know that many people are looking at the posts and films, but sometimes they don’t get comments. I agree with you though that there should be healthier discussions of independent, foreign and obscure animation. The mainstream animation industry is filled with formulas and cliches, and it would benefit artists to explore beyond their comfort zones and push themselves to engage with new ideas. If you want to see change, encourage other like-minded people to contribute to the discussion by commenting on the films you like.