A still from the short film Corpuscle by Exotica Loom, an art collective that Lola has along with the artist Mariana Echeverri.

Erotic movie shot in Iceland

Awarded porn director plans to shoot film in Iceland. On the lookout for local talent.

“I’m not searching for professional actors. It could be someone with experience or without it. Just someone who is comfortable with being filmed,” says Spanish director Lola Clavo who is currently looking to hire actors for a new erotic movie to be shot in Iceland. “My only real condition,” she adds ,”is that the performers identify as queer.”

"I am not interested in making traditional documentaries. I like it more when fiction and documentaries find each other. When they mix a little bit. What is reality and what is fiction? What is pornography and what is not? That's interesting," says director Lola Clavo.
“I am not interested in making traditional documentaries. I like it more when fiction and documentaries find each other. When they mix a little bit. What is reality and what is fiction? What is pornography and what is not? That’s interesting,” says director Lola Clavo.

Lola has already been scouting locations for the film. She says that it’s important that they’re both appealing and sensual to the performers. “It’s always nicer if the performers are doing something they like, in a place they find sexy, with partners they really like,” she explains and adds that she finds Icelandic landscape really breathtaking. “Both it and the light, it’s the most amazing thing, obviously everything is very beautiful, but the light… especially at night is just something very, very special. Iceland has really inspired my erotic writing.”

This is Lola’s first trip to Iceland. She originally came here because of another project, the Turtle Film Festival, which is an emerging film festival taking place in Hólmavík town between August 10th to 16th. “I’m one of the artists in residence at the festival where I’m working on two projects at the moment,” she says. “One is about the festival, a mix between a documentary and fiction, where I need locals from Hólmavík to participate. And the other is more in the spirit of what I do, the before mentioned project which has to do with pornography in art and erotic films.”

Your work has been called a queer feminist perspective on porn, what does that entitle?

“Well usually other people categorize my work. For example some have described it as post-porn. Others say it’s feminist porn, something which hadn’t crossed my mind untill people started using the term to describe it. But then when I won PorYes, the feminist porn movie award, in 2013, that’s when I thought to myself: “Okay, so that’s what it must be. For me, I think the two are related. Because they’re both about sexuality, body and intimacy.”

“It’s always nicer if the performers are doing something they like, in a place they find sexy, with partners they really like.”

But making porn, doesn’t that go against feminism?

“No, because there are many kinds of feminism and I don’t agree with all of them. I am a pro-sex feminist. The post-porn movement is partly about that, about stop criticising porn, because if you don’t like it, just make your own!”

So what’s the difference between your films and other erotica/porn?

“The main difference is that my movies are not made to arouse people and they are not made to make money, they are not commercial, they go beyond, are more artistic,” Lola answers. “My movies are more about content.”

Some of Lola's films are more sexually explicit, showing people having sex where as others do not. And that's exactly as she perceives them: more explicit than pornographic.
Some of Lola’s films are more sexually explicit, showing people having sex where as others do not. And that’s exactly as she perceives them: more explicit than pornographic. Here a still can be seen from Switch, a short film Lola got the PorYes award for. The main protagonists are portrayed by María Llopes and Mariana Echeverri.

“While mainstream porn is unfortunately far from presenting reality. The bodies are all the same, the scenes are all the same. The erotic and porn industry is just business, concerned with making money, not educating. And I think it’s doing a lot of harm. Especially to the younger generations. Because many learn about sex from watching it.”

So mainstream porn is giving kids the wrong idea about sex? About how to behave and what to expect?

“Porn is fiction and I think it’s really dangerous when people think that porn films are documentaries about sex. It’s important to educate people and say: “Listen, this is a movie. If you see a movie with someone being killed it does not mean he’s really dead. So when you see porn it doesn’t mean your sex life has to be like it.”

“There’s usually no affection or love in porn and I am against that because I think sex and love go together. I try to show that in my films.”

"I though that the idea of coming to Iceland was very attractive," Lola says. "And then, when I got here, it was so inspiring." Lola graduated as a film director from Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in 2006. In 2012 she graduated with Distinction MA of the Arts in Film Directing by Goldsmiths University of London. Received a PorYes Feminist Porn Movie Award for her contribution to the field in 2013. She is co-founder and director of Exotica Loom still and moving image collective. Lola recently finished her first feature documentary which is about her own childhood and family. She's originally from Barcelona, but lives in London.
“I though that the idea of coming to Iceland was very attractive,” Lola says. “And then, when I got here, it was so inspiring.” Lola graduated as a film director from Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC) in 2006. In 2012 she graduated with Distinction MA of the Arts in Film Directing by Goldsmiths University of London. Received a PorYes Feminist Porn Movie Award for her contribution to the field in 2013. She is co-founder and director of Exotica Loom still and moving image collective. Lola recently finished her first feature documentary which is about her own childhood and family. She’s originally from Barcelona, but lives in London. Pictured are actors from the short Intra

What is feminist pornography?

  • A woman must have played a significant role in the film’s production (as a writer, producer or director), and the film must challenge stereotypes in mainstream porn for it to qualify as feminist pornography.
  • Proponents of the genre say that feminist porn films feature performers of many different races, shapes, proclivities, and ages, and that directors ask women what they most like to do.In mainstream porn, the performers don’t have any say in the matter.
  • According to the proponents, both characteristics qualify these films as “feminist,” because having choice and agency is an important component of feminism.
  • Feminist pornography must also depict women experiencing genuine sexual pleasure.
  • Some feminist porn movies look like art-house movies, rather than mainstream porn.
  • Critics of the genre claim that it’s nonetheless exploitative, since it still manages to treat women as sexual objects.
  • The PorYes campaign is carried by those in the women’s movement who 
reject all forms of dehumanization but strongly believe in the power of
positive sexual images nonetheless.

Source: The Daily Beast, April 21, 2012.

Main photo: A still from the short film Corpuscle by Exotica Loom, an art collective that Lola has along with the artist Mariana Echeverri.

The Hamburger Factory
- gourmet burgers

Ok. You’re in Iceland. Most likely for the first time.

You will probably bathe in the Blue Lagoon and take a road trip to Gullfoss and
Geysir. That’s all well and good. But neither Geysir’s nor waterfalls are
something you eat. That’s why we have 15 brilliant and creative hamburgers at
The Hamburger Factory. And they are all perfectly square. Don’t miss out on
Iceland’s most beloved hamburgers.

The Hamburger Factory is Iceland’s most innovative gourmet burger chain.
Packed with burger-craving customers since it’s opening in 2010, among the
regulars is Iceland’s best known fisherman, Eric Clapton. In our restaurants we
welcome tourists with our newspaper like menu and smiley service. They are
packed with fun items and memorable connections to Icelandic pop culture.

Locations:

Omnom Chocolate
- award-winning chocolate maker

    Omnom Chocolate is an Icelandic craft chocolate company based in Reykjavík. We produce handcrafted chocolate from organic cacao beans sourced ethically and sustainably. We’ve developed direct relationships to create premium chocolate with fine flavor cacao beans.

    Our creative flavors are carefully crafted by meticulous chocolate makers. The cacao beans are roasted, winnowed, ground, and refined into melty-smooth chocolate.

    Omnom’s process is one of constant exploration, invention, and experimentation. If it doesn’t please us, if something isn’t absolutely delicious, there’s no reason to be doing it. So, we always start with our taste buds and follow our instincts. Our team searches for the finest ingredients in the world and new ways to improve chocolate. This obsession with knowing where our ingredients come from has led us around the corner to dairy farms in the Icelandic countryside and all the way to rainforest cacao farms of Nicaragua.

    In only a few short years, we’ve grown from our 50 sq. m. petrol station space and become an award-winning chocolate maker. Now, with our headquarters in 101 Reykjavík, our chocolate is sent out around Iceland and all over the world.

    At the end of the day, our goal is to make chocolate.

     

    Alfred’s Apartments
    - gay owned an operated

      Alfred’s Apartments and Alfred’s Studios is a gay operated and owned accommodation in the heart of Reykjavik.

      Alfred’s Apartments offers spacious apartments at a good price located just around the corner from Laugavegur shopping street. You can choose the apartment starting from a Small Studio for 2 persons to a large One-bedroom Apartment with balcony for 5 persons.

      Their staff will ensure your comfort during the stay and provide the most updated information about the city, gay and night life in Reykjavik.

      Each apartment has a private bathroom with a shower, fully equipped kitchen and free Wi-Fi. Guests can buy groceries at the local grocery store 50 meters from the apartments. Because of their very central location, numerous shops, restaurants and cafés are available in the surrounding area. The Church of Hallgrimur is located 350 m from the apartments, a tourist agency is just 50 m away and the nearest gay bar is less than 5 minutes walking distance.

      Laekur hostel
      In the hostel we have dorms for 4-8 persons with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rooms are furnished with free internet, lockers, and a USB charger by each bed. The beds have linen provided and you can rent a towel in the cafe on the ground floor for 5 EUR.

      All the dorms are mixed with both genders. You can also book a whole room with 4-8 bunker beds.

      Blue Lagoon
      - a world of wonder

      Named by National Geographic as one of the 25 Wonders of the World, the Blue Lagoon is a shimmering expanse of warmth, relaxation, and rejuvenation. Its unique geothermal seawater comes from 2000 meters within the earth where sea and fresh water converge in a tectonic frontier of porous lava and searing heat. Propelled by extreme pressure, the water ascends to the earth’s surface, emerging enriched with silica, algae, and minerals: the elements that endow Blue Lagoon geothermal seawater with its radiant, healing properties.

      From its humble beginnings in the shadows of a geothermal power plant, Blue Lagoon has evolved into a world of wonder, now encompassing a hotel, a restaurant, a luxury lounge, a renowned line of skin care, a research center, in-water massage, and a wealth of spa and refreshment facilities.

      Achieving harmony with the volcanic landscape of Iceland’s Reykjanes lava plain, the lagoon and its surrounding architecture embody the unification of the man-made and the natural, and adhere to the highest principles of sustainability.

      Blue Lagoon. A wonder of the world. A world of wonder.

      Whales of Iceland
      - larger than life

      Whales of Iceland is the largest whale exhibition in Europe (and perhaps even the world), where guests can learn about the giants of the sea in a calm and modern environment. The permanent exhibition features whales like guests have never seen them before. It is truly a giant experience.

      Landsbankinn
      - leading financial institution

      Landsbankinn is a leading Icelandic financial institution. It offers a full range of financial services and is the market leader in the Icelandic financial service sector with the largest branch network.

      The present bank was established on 7 October 2008 but the history of its predecessor dates back to 1886. The bank is owned by the National Treasury of Iceland, which holds 98.2% of its share capital, and other shareholders who own 1.8%.

      Landsbankinn’s strategy is to provide comprehensive financial services that meet customer’s needs. It emphasizes providing exemplary service to customers, developing e-banking for their convenience, increasing the efficiency of support functions, modernizing its technology and ensuring effective utilization of its balance sheet.

      The bank’s vision is to be exemplary and its role is to be a trusted financial partner.

      Special emphasis is placed on promoting a performance-oriented culture in the bank. To follow up on the implementation of this strategy, the bank has defined key goals which are measured regularly to determine progress. These goals include, for example, customer satisfaction and loyalty, profitability, cost efficiency and the correlation between risk appetite and employee satisfaction.

      Landsbankinn wishes to lead the development of a sustainable society in Iceland by integrating economic, social and environmental concerns in its operations. The Bank aims to ensure that both its owners and society at large benefit from its activities.

      It intends to achieve this aim by building solid infrastructure and a strong team of 1.100 employees, by listening to its customers and by respecting and encouraging its employees to actively participate in their community. Landsbankinn was a founding member of Festa, a Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility, and is a member of the UN Global Compact.

      Landsbankinn has been a proud sponsor of the Reykjavik Pride since it was first celebrated in Iceland.

      Dohop
      - get inspired

      Dohop allows people to find the cheapest flights available with just one click. Founded in Reykjavik in 2004, it is the only Icelandic company of its kind and quickly became the go-to tool for finding cheap flights among the locals. Dohop finds the best deals among hundreds of different airlines and online travel agencies, to make sure that the user is getting the cheapest price. Dohop also offers hotel and car rental search engines, so users can make all of their travel bookings from a single website.

      Dohop‘s specialty is finding so-called “self-connect” flight options, which can save travelers money by booking a ticket through two or more different airlines. The ability to look for these self-connect option is what sets Dohop apart from its competition, as it can save people hundreds of dollars on certain routes.

      More recently, Dohop has developed a unique product called Dohop Go!, which allows users to check for the cheapest available flights from their home airport. This tool is perfect for those who are looking for travel inspiration but are not willing to overpay for their flight ticket. Dohop Go! is now available in the Dohop Flights App, both for Android and iOS, along with its traditional flight, hotel, and car search engines. “

      Macland
      - for all your Apple needs

      From starting out as a proper startup with only a good idea and the need to change things, to becoming an established company with 6 employees. Starting from scratch and expanding organically has allowed us to love our expansion and take our customers on the ride with us.

      Macland is located at Laugavegur 23 (101, Downtown Reykjavik)
      For all your Apple needs. We are here.

      Aurora Reykjavik
      - northern lights center

        Aurora Reykjavik is a Northern Lights Center situated in downtown Reykjavík at the Old Harbor next to Icelandair Hotel Marina and Vikin Maritime Museum.

        Aurora Reykjavík is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Center where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Aurora’s. We also share myths and legends about what our ancestor thought about those mystical lights.

        The Northern Lights Center is for all ages. Children are our favorite guests and we created the exhibition in a way that children can have a look freely and parents don’t have to worry about things being broken.

        Aurora Reykjavik offers a great selection of souvenirs that are designed and made by Icelanders along with nice little coffee corner, where you can enjoy free coffee and tea while browsing through the souvenirs or just planning your next step.

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        Ísey skyr
        - once tasted never forgotten

        Our Story
        Once upon a time, 1,100 years ago in fact, Nordic settlers began arriving in Iceland. They brought with them the skills and knowledge for producing skyr. As time passed, the know-how and recipe for this nutritious food slowly faded out elsewhere in the Nordic region. Luckily, the Icelandic skyr-making tradition continued.

        For centuries, Icelandic skyr formed a cornerstone of the national diet, helping to keep people strong in living conditions that were often harsh. On family farms countrywide, it was the women who nurtured this dairy and passing on both the recipe and the original Icelandic skyr cultures from mother to daughter.

        Ísey skyr builds on this remarkable legacy. It was some of those very same women, the recipients of their mothers’ expertise, who, around 90 years ago, taught Icelandic dairy scientists the art of skyr-making. The production process is more high-tech these days, and the quality standards more rigorous. However, the basic recipe and the use of original cultures to ferment the skimmed milk remain the same. Protein rich, fat-free, creamy and delicious – Ísey skyr is as relevant to consumers now as it was all those centuries ago.
        This is our secret and you are in on it

        You can read more about Ísey skyr on our website.

        Núðluskálin
        - noodle bar

        Núðluskálin is a small gay owned and operated fusion noodle bar.

        All of our courses are individually made from fresh ingredients and therefore highly customisable.
        We offer fully Vegan versions of all courses.
        Though originally a take-away we now seat over 30 people.

        Núðluskálin is located right in the heart of Reykjavík on Skólavörðustígur 8 (street leading up to the big Church) near the junction with Laugavegur (main street).

        Seatours
        - adventure cruise

        Ferry Baldur – the gate to the West fjords
        and VikingSushi Adventure – Bird & Nature watching Tour for everyone all year around

        The “VikingSushi Adventure” is the right boat tour for travelers who are adventurous and want to experience something new – close up to the nature seafood simply doesn’t come fresher than this! The archipelago area of the Breidafjordur Bay always surprises her visitors during winter or summer with spectacular sights. Where else you get to try delicious fresh scallops and sea urchin roe straight from the ocean served with soy sauce, wasabi and ginger.

        600x400-seatours-tasting

        This old volcanic area, characterized by the typical basalt formations of the islands, is the home of countless birds. Here you will also find the strongest currents in Iceland. The VikingSushi Tour takes roughly two hours and our captain is also the tour guide.

        600x400-seatours

        The VikingSushi Tour is a true adventure through incredible nature which should not be missed by any traveler to West Iceland.

        Birds, possible to spot:
        -puffins (from the middle of April until the middle of August)
        -eider ducks
        -shags
        -kittiwakes
        -fulmars
        -white-tailed eagle

        The car ferry Baldur is the bridge to the West fjords via the island Flatey
        Ferry Baldur crosses Breidafjordur Bay daily from Stykkisholmur on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to Brjanslaekur in the north. A ferry ride considerably shortens the route between the south and mid-west of the country and the West Fjords region. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a floating restaurant.

        Take a stopover at the charming island Flatey when you are crossing the bay or go to a day tour to Flatey and back to Stykkishólmur. At Flatey are no cars allowed and between the houses of the 18th century you get the feeling of a journey back in time.

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