The Desire For Desires

"Men and women cannot subsist on the scanty satisfaction which they extort from reality" - Sigmund Freud.

Lovers, friends and casual acquaintances get caught up in each others lies; lies used everyday to escape the banality of their existences in a millennial metropolis.

  • Sidharth Mathawan
  • Sidharth Mathawan
  • Sameer Kevin Roy
    Key Cast
  • Aradhana Dhawan
    Key Cast
  • Manjari Kaul
    Key Cast
  • Benjamin Jacob
    Key Cast
  • Tanya Maheswari
    Key Cast
  • Gagan Mathawan
  • Gabriel Belanger-Oyarzun
  • Tanupriya Sharma
  • Ashhar Farooqui
  • Ashhar Farooqui
    Sound Design
  • Brin Desai
    Final Mix
  • Pankaj Guglani
  • Chahat Aggarwal
    Costume Design
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 55 seconds
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Director Biography - Sidharth Mathawan

Sidharth Mathawan is a screenwriter, producer and director based in India.

Born in Srinagar, Kashmir, he studied architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi. He started working in films in 2006 and with over 10 years experience as a Production Designer/ Art Director having worked with eminent directors such as Wong Kar-Wai, Emmanuel Lubezki, Deepa Mehta, Farhan Akhtar & Bharat Sikka, he focused on bringing to life their artistic visions. He has worked various brands including BBC, NDTV, Apple, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Pepsi, Vogue, Swarovski, Chivas, Fiat, Toyota, Airtel, Kohler, TATA Docomo, 100 Pipers, Vistara, etc.

He is a Berlinale Talents 2010 alumnus. His quest for creative exploration led him towards screenwriting and direction. His shorts have screened at various festivals, 'CutOff', was a nominated finalist at the ZFF 72, Zurich Film Festival 2016. He was selected for Platform BUSAN in 2017. ‘Analog Girl' screened at the Debrief Cannes 2018, La Peniche Cinema, Paris. He formed Electric Monk Motion Pictures in 2017 and attended the Producers Workshop - Le Marché du Film, Cannes 2017. Their first short film ‘The Desire For Desires' premiered at CSAFF 2018.

He is a member of Screenwriters Association, India. His screenplay 'The Deleted', a psychological drama set in Berlin, was a finalist at the Mediterranean Film Institute film 2 script workshops 2017 and selected for TFL Extended - Creative Production 2018. His screenplay 'Marie', a drama feature, was selected by the Maison Des Scénaristes' for authors-producers meeting at Festival Du Cannes 2018 and was further selected for TorinoFilmLab Extended - Script Development 2018 program. The project was in the final round for CineMart 2019. His latest short film, 'À La Carte' - a drama set in Paris, is set to begin its festival journey.

His debut web-series shot in 2021 is in early post-production stage.

His debut feature film is in pre-production stage.

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Director Statement

The film is set in a rapidly developing but characterless suburban metropolis. Where everyone has their own auxiliary constructions for work, for play and for love to escape the banal aspects of daily life. The film follows a group of people who take actions to help relieve the persisting feeling of boredom and general sadness. The film explores to what extend would they push themselves for their self-preservation.