The film, written and produced by Silver and Chris Wells, is scheduled to shoot in Paris this summer. A darkly funny neurotic thriller “Thirst Street” tells the twisted story of Gina, an American flight attendant who falls in with a Parisian bartender on a layover only to find herself tangled in a web of deception, delusion and unrequited l’amour fou.
The film will also feature Roxane Mesquida (“Kiss of the Damned”), Alice de Lencquesaing (“Summer Hours”), Lola Bessis (“Swim Little Fish Swim”) and Silver’s mother, Cindy Silver, who has appeared in most of Silver’s films to date. Sean Price Williams is set to lens the pic.
The film will be jointly produced by Claire-Charles Gervais,
Seven years have passed since provocateur Philippe Grandrieux’s 2008 film Un Lac, and he remains somewhat of an acquired taste, though considering the subject matter, Malgré la nuit (Despite the Night) is surprisingly less galvanizing than his early features. The narrative, should we indeed call it thus, couldn’t be more simple, roughly concerning a British bloke returning to Paris to reconnect with his lost love. His reasons for leaving or returning aren’t apparently of importance once he disappears into a sort of Parisian ether, where passionate memories are pierced by a current state of abject degradation upon reconnecting with his troubled object of affection. The take away is more of a cerebral, extrasensory experience, existing as a diluted nightmare where pleasure and punishment are doled out in equal measure, which is hardly a surprise for those accustomed to Grandrieux’s filmography.
Director: Philippe Grandrieux // Writer: Philippe Grandrieux
French provocateur Philippe Grandrieux may not be an auteur to everyone’s liking, but since debuting with 1998’s visceral Somber, his cinema has always been a point of contention, and he’s since cultivated a growing cult following that includes names like Marilyn Manson. His most infamous work is the Anna Mougalalis headlined A New Life (2002), which is difficult to find copies of. Since then, titles like 2008’s Un Lac (which is available streaming via boutique site Vyer Films) and 2012’s White Epilepsy have waned in peripheral conversations following their limited festival play. But we are excited to see that Grandrieux wrapped a new project in November, Malgré la nuit (Despite the Night), which should receive a more renowned reception as it’s headlined by Ariane Labed, one of the prominent faces from the Greek Weird Wave (Attenberg; Alps), and one
Thankfully, the only sparkles are those being worn by these erudite blood-suckers.
Milo Ventimiglia ("Heroes," Rocky Balboa) plays Paolo, a screenwriter who has ensconced himself in a house far away from Hollywood in order to finish what seems like his last stab at writing a commercial screenplay. He’s easily distracted though, and after meeting the beautiful Djuna (Josephine de La Baume; Rush, One Day) during a night out, he’s inextricably infatuated. Djuna digs Paolo too, but she’s got a rare “blood disorder” that doesn’t allow her to venture out into sunlight. Scarily persistent, Milo keeps courting her until she finally relents
Films Distribution has picked up French rights to Xan Cassavettes’ erotic vampire thriller Kiss Of The Damned (pictured) starring Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida and Anna Mouglalis.
The film screens next week at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival when Cassavettes and Mouglalis will be in attendance.
The French distributor has also picked up ABC’s Of Death 2, the horror sequel that is in production, as well as Don Coscarelli’s John Dies At The End.
Magnolia International sales head Christina Rogers negotiated all deals with the buyers.
Other special guests for the festival include American Director Brian Netto who will be presenting Delivery, The Borderlands Director Elliot Goldner and Producer Jennifer Handorf, and director Caradog James and Producer John Giwa-Amu for hi-tech British dark sci-fi The Machine. Mayhem are also hosting a special BAFTA screening of Jeremy Lovering’s In Fear which follows a young couple being tormented while driving in the countryside.
With a total of 17 screenings, Mayhem will present their first silent film screening, Tod Browning’s
“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story of Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume), a beautiful vampire who tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paulo (Milo Ventimiglia) but eventually gives in to temptation. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) arrives unexpectedly, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered.”
Kiss of the Damned was directed by Xan Cassavetes and stars Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber
Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport and Riley Keough star in the film.
Although it’s destined to draw comparisons to Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga, Cassavetes’ film is a significantly more mature – and sexy – take on vampire romance, approaching its subject with sophistication and sensuality even as it indulges in gore and terror that’s as metaphorical as it is visceral.
Josephine de la Baume (One Day) plays Djuna,
The vampire-infused story follows two sisters who lead very different paths in life- there’s Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), the well-meaning and soulful vampire who has spent a lifetime and more trying to retain her humanity, while her sister, Mimi (Roxane Mesquida), has always been a troublemaker with an unquenchable thirst for blood and anarchy.
After Djuna sparks up a passionate love affair with a human screenwriter named Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), Mimi’s arrival threatens the passion developing between the two lovers, and soon Mimi’s latest reckless actions trigger a dangerous chain reaction, threatening the entire vampire community
Xan Cassavetes joins the family directorial legacy with her feature debut, Kiss of the Damned, a deliciously vintage throwback to the erotic horror output of the Hammer studio heyday. Previously, this Cassavetes was responsible for a 2004 documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, and her fiction debut seems considerably removed both from her own work and that of the familial output. A visual feast with a killer sound design, she manages to invoke Stephanie Rothman and Jean Rollin, where naughty immortal creatures from the dark side explore a bloodlust as inextinguishable as their sexual desires.
Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), a beautiful, lovelorn vampire residing in a remote mansion in the Connecticut countryside spends her nights hunting animals in the surrounding woods and watching vintage cinema. The residence belongs to Xenia (Anna Mougalalis), an actress and older, wiser vampire, but the estate
“Beautiful vampire Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia, The Divide), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…”
Kiss Of The Damned comes out on DVD/Bluray on July 23rd via Magnet Releasing.
Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss Of The Damned is about the romantic scenario above, as a screenwriter named Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) meets a beautiful woman named Djuna (Joséphine de La Baume) who claims she has a skin condition which prevents her from entering the sunlight (hello red flag). Determined to spend the night with Djuna, Paolo finally gets her to release her inner most secret,
According to Blu-ray.com, the movie will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on July 23rd. At this time a list of bonus features is not available, but we’ll have additional details closer to July. The theatrical release begins on May 3rd and we’ve included a list of dates/cities below.
“With her narrative feature debut, Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) has crafted a stylish and sensory visual and aural experience that recalls the best of smart and racy European genre films from the 60s and 70s. Kiss Of The Damned is the story
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