“HARD2LOVE was born as a study on sexual behavior. It’s not a documentary, I have re-interpreted and re-purposed the topic. Since I live in Berlin (I moved a year ago from Milan) I was able to get in touch with different cultures, especially cultures from Asia. I always had a strong curiosity towards the East. In Milan I lived in the small district of Chinatown and was always intrigued by the relationship that this community had with sexuality. I never understood and I never documented what I saw.
Here in Berlin, though, I found several characters who are very open sexually, who are into bondage and fetish and are willing to explore and talk about it. In my mind I imagined that in every one of them lived a demon, ready to execute the sexual partner, it was that imaginary mind that is realised in HARD2LOVE. It sounds macabre, but the film still has humour.
It was not easy to find consensus about the movie. I tried to contact some magazines, they all rejected it. I kept the film in the archive for four months, a bit discouraged. Later I told myself it was a project that I really wanted to publish, so I posted on my website. I have never received so many positive messages in my life. I did not use a famous model. I have not used a million dollar location. I shot the video in the hall of the apartment I live in.You’ve got to believe in what you doing.” – Senio Zapruder