From the film-maker:
I was directly inspired by the biblical theme depicted in the painting, but even more so by Oscar Wilde's interpretation of it, in which Salome, completely infatuated with John the Baptist, orders his murder when her feelings are not reciprocated. Only by having him killed would she then be able to kiss him. The composition of the painting, in which Salome's presence overpowers the canvas, physically and emotionally, is a direct reference in every frame of my film. The idea of emotional dependence, the desire to own and consume another person, and the refusal to endure unfulfilled emotions are all themes that I explore in my film.
A piece inspired by Sebastiano del Piombo, The Daughter of Herodias,1510