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An Interview with Selene Kapsaski, Director of Mephisto's House of Ill Repute

by Mike Haberfelner

August 2021

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Your new movie Mephisto's House of Ill Repute - in a few words what is it about?


Mephisto's House of Ill Repute is an erotic nightmare loosely based on Faust. The story centres around the Baron von Harden (Patrick Carney Jr) who is rich and highly successful yet dissatisfied with his life and unable to win the heart of the woman he desires, which leads him to make a pact with the Devil at Mephisto's House of Ill Repute, exchanging his soul for unlimited worldly pleasures.


What were your sources of inspiration when writing Mephisto's House of Ill Repute?


Apart from Faust I took inspiration from a variety of sources, everything from The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Blue Angel to the films of F. W. Murnau, Kenneth Anger and Rouben Mamoulian as well as old stag films and vintage erotica.


You chose to shoot Mephisto's House of Ill Repute as a silent movie, complete with dialogue cards and everything - was this a conscious decision from the get-go or did that only develop during writing or even during the shoot?


I love silent film and have toyed with the idea of making a silent movie for many years now. My last feature film Spidarlings was a musical, so it made strange sense to me that the next film would be silent.


Do talk about Mephisto's House of Ill Repute's cast, and why exactly these people?


I have worked with many of the cast members on previous projects, and we all work well together. Miss Sugar Rush, who plays Madame Mephistophilis and Rahel Kapsaski [Rahel Kapsaski interview - click here], who plays Eve, have both acted in Spidarlings, while Zoe Pearce and Ambrosia Vanette both appeared in my short film Waxhouse Rock, and Harmony Filth will also appear in Gabriella Kapsaski's Artemis of the Wildland.


Rahel also did the stop motion animation and models in Mephisto. The soundtrack was composed by Opera Arcana (GB & Jones and Minus Smile).

I feel blessed to be working with so many incredible artists and talented individuals.


A few words about the shoot as such, and the on-set atmosphere?


Most of the film was shot in a private sex dungeon that we were allowed to use. Despite the subject matter and location the atmosphere on set was always very light-hearted and fun. We're a big film family.


The $64-question of course, where can Mephisto's House of Ill Repute be seen?


Mephisto's House of Ill Repute has been added to the official selection of The Frostbite International Film Festival. We are submitting it to several other film festivals and will eventually release the film on DVD/Blu-ray as part of the Films Confiscated from a French Brothel anthology.


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I am currently in pre-production for my second feature film The Moon is a Hologram. A queer sci-fi/horror film set against the background of Manchester's punk scene. The script was born in Covid lockdown and is a direct response to the rising wave of transphobia in the UK.

I'm also co-writing a new novella in collaboration with Jeff O'Brien (author of BigBoobenstein, The Night Manager) that should be out either later this year or early 2022.


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Thanks for the interview!


Thank you for the great questions. (re)Search My Trash was the first website to cover Spidarlings when we first started filming, and your continuous support means more than I could possibly say.


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written by
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