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Strasbourg 2013 Interview: Xan Cassavetes On Shooting Sex, Sibling Rivalry, And The Vampire's Kiss

Xan Cassavetes has had one hell of a showbiz story. Daughter of John and Gena, she made her screen debut in her father's films Husbands and Minnie and Moskowitz. Trawling the Lower East Side art-punk scene during early 80's, she found herself at both Krs-One and Madonna's very first shows. Later, she toured for almost ten years with the group Shrine before taking up the family business in 2004 with the documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. We spoke this past fall at the incredible Strasbourg International Fantastic Film Festival, where her erotic vampire feature KIss of the Damned took the top prize. How many times do you get to write that? Twitch: Let's start with a softball question. Why chose this as your fiction debut? Well, I didn't choose it...

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Kiss of the Damned: Blu-ray/DVD Release Details and Cover Art

Kiss of the Damned will be heading to Blu-ray and DVD on July 23rd, and we have the full list of bonus features, along with a look at the cover art.

“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
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“Twilight’s Fine, But It’s for Children:” Xan Cassavetes on Kiss of the Damned

Could John Cassavetes’ children, all of whom have grabbed his passed torch, be any more different? Son Nick has dabbled in gritty crime fare (Alpha Dog) and mainstream melodrama (The Notebook), daughter Zoe helmed Broken English and has ties to the fashion biz, and now eldest daughter Alexandra — or “Xan,” for short — has carried on the tradition, making her own distinct narrative directorial debut with the vampire romance Kiss of the Damned after previously making the cinephilic doc Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession. Adamantly stylized, worldly, and nostalgic, Kiss of the Damned, which Xan also wrote, joins Neil …
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Review: 'Kiss Of The Damned' Is An Intoxicatingly Lusty Homage To Old School Horror

Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and the director of the wonderful film world documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession," wrote and directed "Kiss of the Damned" with a wink and a nod so overt that, from the opening credit sequence, which closely mimics the similarly-titled Hammer horror movie "Lust for the Vampire," it runs dangerously close to becoming a ninety-minute game of Spot The Reference. Thankfully, the knowingness never becomes too cloying, and what Cassavetes lacks in technical proficiency, she more than makes up for in a kind of heartfelt conviction sorely lacking in the genre. Story-wise, everything in "Kiss of the Damned" you've seen before (in the production notes, Cassavetes states that she was "not a fanatical vampire person"). But its simplicity is never a hindrance, often acting a charming framework for her characters to play (and spill blood) in; for once familiarity works in its favor.
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Kiss of the Damned | Review

Nothing Human Loves Forever: Cassavetes’ Feature Debut Gloriously Vintage

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
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Kiss of the Damned Blu-ray Release Date and Theater List

Magnet Releasing already brought Kiss of the Damned to VOD and digital download services before its limited theatrical release in May. If you’re holding out for the Blu-ray/DVD version, a release date has just been revealed, and we also have a list of locations that will be screening the film.

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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New Clip from Kiss of the Damned

Magnet Releasing has already released Kiss of the Damned to VOD and digital download services before its limited theatrical release in May. If you’d like to get a better idea of what to expect from the movie, take a look at this new Nsfw clip.

“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
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New Featurette for Kiss of the Damned

Magnet Releasing has made Kiss of the Damned available on VOD and digital download services before it limited theatrical release in May. If you’d like to learn more about the movie, we have a newly released featurette and the red band theatrical trailer.

“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
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Kiss of the Damned — A Hammer To Nail Review

(Kiss of the Damned world premiered at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. It becomes available on VOD on March 28, 2013, and opens theatrically on May 3rd. Visit the film’s page at Magnet Releasing to learn more. Note: This review was written in conjunction with the film’s North American premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.) One of the most accomplished and engaging North American premieres I saw at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival was a genre film, the first fiction feature by Xan Cassavetes. Xan is the daughter of cinema legends John Cassavetes and Gena Rowlands. Her first film, Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession, was a documentary about …
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SXSW Review: 'Kiss Of The Damned' Is An Intoxicatingly Lusty Homage To Old School Horror

Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of John Cassavetes and the director of the wonderful film world documentary "Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession," wrote and directed "Kiss of the Damned" with a wink and a nod so overt that, from the opening credit sequence, which closely mimics the similarly-titled Hammer horror movie "Lust for the Vampire," it runs dangerously close to becoming a ninety-minute game of Spot The Reference. Thankfully, the knowingness never becomes too cloying, and what Cassavetes lacks in technical proficiency, she more than makes up for in a kind of heartfelt conviction sorely lacking in the genre. Story-wise, everything in "Kiss of the Damned" you've seen before (in the production notes, Cassavetes states that she was "not a fanatical vampire person"). But its simplicity is never a hindrance, often acting a charming framework for her characters to play (and spill blood) in; for once familiarity works in its favor.
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Red Band Trailer Released for “Kiss of the Damned”

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Last week, Magnet Releasing announced VOD plans and a limited theatrical run for Kiss of the Damned. They have now released a red band trailer for the upcoming vampire movie, and we have it for you to watch.

“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
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New Poster and Release Details for Kiss of the Damned

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Magnet Releasing acquired Kiss of the Damned last September and plans to release it in multiple stages over the next few months. If you’re interested in learning more, we have updated release details and a new poster.

“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
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Check Out the Sexy Poster for 'Kiss of the Damned,' Plus a Chat with Director Xan Cassavetes

Last week SXSW unveiled this year's midnight movie lineup and it looks to be a twisted mix of titles from a wide range of genre niches. And as you might guess from the title, Kiss of the Damned has the vampire corner covered, and judging from the poster Magnet Releasing has given us to premiere, this doesn't look like your average vampire movie. If it brings to mind Europe's more erotic-tinged horror movies of the '60s and '70s, that's certainly intentional, but when we spoke to writer-director Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) about her latest film, she cautioned that it's not strictly the homage-filled movie the poster implies. It's eye-catching, to say the least, but apparently it's not just a simple throwback film...

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Magnet Acquires Kiss of the Damned

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Magnet Releasing is the genre division of Magnolia Pictures and previously acquired such films as The Innkeepers and V/H/S. They have recently announced that their latest acquisition is the vampire film Kiss of the Damned:

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday, September 7th.

Starring Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, “Heroes”), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss Of The Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky, executive producers were Adam S. Bersin, Jacob Pechenik, Riaz Tyab and Jon Vinnik.
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Kiss of the Damned Acquired by Magnet Releasing

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Kiss of the Damned Acquired by Magnet Releasing
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday September 7th.

Starring Josephine de la Baume (One DayOne Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, Heroes), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss of the Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky, executive producers were Adam S. Bersin, Jacob Pechenik, Riaz Tyab and Jonathan Vinnik.

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.
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Magnet Administers the Kiss of the Damned

I feel like it's been a long while since we spoke about a new vampire flick coming our way, but alas, the good folks over at Magnet have secured the rights to one, and it sounds like a winner. Read on for details and a still!

From the Press Release

The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned, an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics’ Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday, September 7th.

Starring Joséphine de La Baume (One Day), Milo Ventimiglia (Rocky Balboa, “Heroes”), Roxane Mesquida (Rubber) and Riley Keough (Jack and Diane, The Runaways), Kiss Of The Damned is a DeerJen/Verisimilitude production in association with Bersin Pictures. Produced by Jen Gatien and Alex Orlovsky,
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Magnet to Distribute Kiss of the Damned

The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures, announced today they have acquired world rights to writer/director Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned , an erotic vampire film that will make its world premiere as the closing night film of International Critics' Week at the Venice Film Festival this Friday September 7th. The film stars Joséphine de La Baume ( One Day ), Milo Ventimiglia ( Rocky Balboa , .Heroes.), Roxane Mesquida ( Rubber ) and Riley Keough ( Jack and Diane , The Runaways ). 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...
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Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned Closes Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week

Xan Cassavetes (Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession) will be premiering her feature film debut on the Lido this year in Venice’s answer to Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight section. Venice Film Festival’s Critics’ Week has unveiled it’s 9-film line-up (seven competish) and Kiss of the Damned (starring Josephine de la Baume and Roxane Mesquida) will close out the section, while Water – seven short segments helmed by Israeli and Palestinian directors (Nir Sa’ar, Maya Sarfaty, Mohammad Fuad, Yona Rozenkier, Mohammad Bakri, Ahmad Bargouthi, Pini Tavger and Tal Haring will open the the section. We expect some of these titles to trickle on towards Tiff – so we’ll be keeping a close eye on this pack. Here are the seven titles in competition.

The fest runs Aug. 29-Sept. 8

ÄTA Sova DÖ / Eat Sleep Die by Gabriela Pichler (Sweden) La CITTÀ Ideale / The Ideal City by Luigi Lo Cascio (Italy) KÜF
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Films of 2012: #69. Xan Cassavetes' Kiss of the Damned

#69. Kiss of the Damned Director/Writer: Xan CassavetesProducers: Jen Gatien (For Ellen) and Alex Orlovsky (The Place Beyond the Pines)Distributor: Rights Available The Gist: This centers around two beautiful French vampire sisters who have separately come to stay at a summer estate -- a 'safe house' in Connecticut. Ventimiglia plays a screenwriter who begins a love affair with the "good" sister and insists on joining her among the undead. However, after they begin their life together, the other "bad" sister (Mesquida) shows up and begins wreaking havoc almost as soon as she arrives. Slowly, her dark presence threatens to destroy them all...(more) Cast: Milo Ventimiglia (see fangs above), Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis and Joséphine de La Baume List Worthy Reasons...: The last of the Cassavetes offspring to make her feature fiction debut, we anticipate that this vampire pic will definitely come across more
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Exclusive: Xan Cassavetes Counts Towards '1000 Days of Rage and Hope'

It'll be back to back production years for the Xan Cassavetes. The eldest daughter of the indie maverick is putting the final touches on her vampire love triangle Kiss of the Damned, a film that should preem at a major film festival in 2012 and now she has lined up her next project entitled 1000 Days of Rage and Hope which will begin lensing in NYC next April. Cassavetes re-teams with Deerjen Film's Jen Gatien and executive producer Jonathan Vinnik who both return in the same capacity as they did for Kofd. Written by Cassavetes, the project sounds very much apropos with the current economical climate and outspoken dissidents on Wall Street and is described by the filmmaker as "a woman with a radical mentality navigates the complexities of relationships, poverty and dreams in New York City, as she analyzes her own complex and deep seated relationship with capitalism." Cassavetes who got
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