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Exclusive Interview – Michael Glover Smith discusses relationships, gender politics, and more for Mercury in Retrograde

Robert Kojder chats with Mercury in Retrograde director Michael Glover Smith

Mercury in Retrograde is the second directorial effort from Chicago-based filmmaker Michael Glover Smith and reaches profound messages on relationships; this is aesthetically pleasing, strongly written and directed, superb work with an outstanding ensemble. It’s a must watch for anyone that values relationships and the definition of love. And it needs to be stated that the trio of women are unequivocally absorbing (I have an interview with them coming too). The film should be available on streaming devices towards the end of the year, but for those fortunate enough to be in the Chicago area it will have screenings at the Gene Siskel Film Center accompanied by Q&A sessions with Michael Glover Smith, and don’t delay looking up ticket information on the website as they are expected to sell out. If you can’t attend or want more dialogue on the film,
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Movie Review – Mercury in Retrograde (2018)

Mercury in Retrograde, 2018.

Written and Directed by Michael Glover Smith.

Starring Najarra Townsend, Alana Arenas, Roxane Mesquida, Shane Simmons, Kevin Wehby, Jack C. Newell, and Andrew Sensenig.


Three couples from Chicago vacation for a weekend at a lakeside cabin in Michigan. Over the course of three days in this relationship drama, hidden tensions and secrets slowly come to the surface.

Mercury in Retrograde (the sophomore feature from the North Carolina born/Chicago-based writer and director Michael Glover Smith) begins with an outdoor roundtable reading of astrology horoscopes for each of the six individuals, and I don’t think it’s much of a spoiler to say that you will want to pay very close attention to have a clear mental image of how the forecasts fit into the characters and the flaws of their relationships. The scene also demands alertness thanks to the unbroken direction complete with swiveling cinematography
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Catherine Breillat’s Metacinema

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Mubi's retrospective, Catherine Breillat, Auteur of Porn?, is showing April 4 - June 3, 2017 in Germany.Sex Is ComedyThroughout her career, Catherine Breillat has provided viewers with a long-form meta-cinema experience. While metacinema is as old as the medium itself, since her debut feature A Real Young Girl in 1976, Breillat has developed a distinct form of it: one that collapses ‘autobiographical’ material, various artistic sensibilities, and the process of filmmaking itself.Like dozens of other English words—such as ‘aesthetic’ or ‘abject’—the word ‘meta’ has been largely misused or misapplied with regard to the film and literary criticism. Regarding the consumption of fiction, the appropriate use of the term 'metafiction,' 'metafilm,' et cetera, has its basis in the Greek meta, which does not translate directly into English but can be understood as a preposition similar to the English word ‘about’ (‘having to do with,’ or ‘on the subject of’). Metafiction is therefore,
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[Miff 2016 Review] Despite the Night

Philippe Grandrieux’s Despite the Night is a relentlessly morose, miasmic thing that, like much of his work, alternately seeks to narcotize and brutalize its viewer into submission until the distinctions between agony and ecstasy, tenderness and violation, are indistinguishable. Grandrieux is, in many respects, a wildly contradictory figure: a tough sell for most audiences; an easy pitch for prospective fans (the maximalist Denis? the haptic Lynch? the narrative Brakhage? the goth Malick? etc); a niche artist even in the realm of “festival cinema”; yet (for instance) a favorite of Marilyn Manson, who once recruited him to direct a music video. In a skeptical piece written for Reverse Shot, Michael Sicinski characterizes Grandrieux as the Scott Walker to Gaspar Noé’s Trent Reznor — the shadowy, marginal alternative to the celebrity provocateur. Facetiously, Sicinski continues, “To judge from his mystique, Grandrieux is that awesome band nobody likes yet, and you secretly hope nobody discovers.
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Cannes: ‘Staying Vertical’ Star Damien Bonnard, Lindsay Burdge Join Nathan Silver’s ‘Thirst Street’ (Exclusive)

Cannes: ‘Staying Vertical’ Star Damien Bonnard, Lindsay Burdge Join Nathan Silver’s ‘Thirst Street’ (Exclusive)
Damien Bonnard, who stars in Cannes competition film “Staying Vertical” and appears next in Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk,” and Lindsay Burdge (“The Invitation”) have signed on to co-star in Nathan Silver’s “Thirst Street.”

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,
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Malgré la nuit | 2016 Film Comment Selects Review

When the Night Has Come: Grandrieux Laments Lost Love

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.
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Top 100 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2015: #52. Philippe Grandrieux’s Malgré la nuit

Malgré la nuit

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
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Pucker Up! Kiss of the Damned Planted on UK DVD in January

Starring Milo Ventimiglia of "Heroes" fame and directed by Xan Cassavetes (daughter of legendary actor/director John Cassavetes), steamy vampire romp Kiss of the Damned is set to take a bite out of the UK DVD market on January 27th, 2014, courtesy of Eureka! Entertainment.

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
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Magnolia Int'l seals Tiff deals

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Exclusive Updated: Magnolia International has reported brisk sales in Toronto on several of its key titles.

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.
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Mayhem Film Festival announces full 2013 line-up

Mayhem Film Festival returns to Broadway on 31st October for four days of horror-tinged screenings, previews and guests. The festival opens this year with internationally-acclaimed British director Nicolas Roeg who will be presenting his most recent film Puffball as well as taking part in a very special screening of his masterpiece Don’t Look Now in the eerie settings of St Mary’s Church in the Lace Market.

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
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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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Kiss Of The Damned Is A Sexy Story Of Awakening [Review]

It's the story of Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), an ageless vampire hiding out in an expansive manse outside of the city. A chance encounter at the video store brings her and Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) together and the two immediately share a connection which rapidly morphs from lust to love to a comfortable existence with the two preparing to share eternity together. Their quiet life is turned upside down by the arrival of Mimi (Roxane Mesquida). Djuna's little sister is a troublemaker. While most vampires are trying to live under the radar, setting up a new society for themselves with rules and regulations, Mimi is wild and uncontrollable, everything her sister is not. [Continued ...]
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Faux-Art House Horror Flick Kiss of the Damned At Least Has Hot Sex Scenes

Faux-Art House Horror Flick Kiss of the Damned At Least Has Hot Sex Scenes
A trashy vampire flick in art-film drag, Kiss of the Damned satisfies on neither level. Drawing on a host of Euro-horror influences including but far from limited to a synth score reminiscent of Dario Argento's Goblin-performed soundtracks, Xan Cassavetes's pastiche follows lonely bloodsucker Djuna (Joséphine de la Baume) as she whiles away her existence in an upstate New York mansion watching classic Hollywood flicks. Meeting handsome screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) at a local video store, she fucks and turns him in rapid succession, and the two seem headed for eternal domestic bliss until the sudden arrival of Djuna's estranged bad-girl sis, Mimi (Roxane Mesquida). The unwelcome visitor's appetites for wild sex and human blood (the other vamps in the movie have an...
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“Kiss Of The Damned” Now Out In Theaters

“Kiss Of The Damned” Now Out In Theaters
Iron Man 3 isn’t the only movie out today. Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned is also making its rounds in limited fashion. A new trailer for the erotic vampire thriller has come out. To see when it’s coming to your area, go here.

Joséphine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport and Riley Keough star in the film.
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Review: Kiss of the Damned

Although more recently it’s been turned into a sort of supernatural chastity belt protecting teenage girls from the hunky guys they love, vampirism always served as a deeply erotic foundation for horror stories. Movies capitalizing on this are too numerous to count, but from Jess Franco’s Vampyros Lesbos to Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula adaptation to, Xan CassavetesKiss of the Damned, the standouts among them have always infused the curse of becoming an immortal bloodsucker with a humanity and a romanticism that makes it resonate, even if it’s ultimately only in audiences’ loins.

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,
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Josephine de La Baume On Accessing Her Inner Animal For Her Sexy 'Kiss of the Damned' Scenes and Working With Ron Howard on 'Rush'

Josephine de La Baume On Accessing Her Inner Animal For Her Sexy 'Kiss of the Damned' Scenes and Working With Ron Howard on 'Rush'
French beauty Josephine de La Baume makes for one hell of a fiery blood sucker in the indie vampire tale "Kiss of the Damned," written and directed by Xan Cassevetes, daughter to John and Gena Rowlands. A feverish vampire story strictly aimed at the adult set (think more "True Blood" and less "Twilight"), "Kiss of the Damned" stars Milo Ventimiglia as a human screenwriter who falls for a beautiful vampire named Djuna (Baume). While initially trying to resist her feelings for Paolo, Djuna eventually gives into their passion and leads him into the dark world of vampires. Their love is tested when Djuna's sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) comes to visit to stir up trouble. Read More: 'Kiss of the Damned' Writer-Director Xan Cassevetes On Her Sexy Debut and Why Making Movies is a "Way of Life" for Her Family The role of Djuna marks La Baume's most high
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Exclusive: Xan Cassavetes Talks Kiss of the Damned and More

Xan Cassavetes may not be a name that immediately jumps out at you (well, maybe the last name does if you're a cinephile…) but that’s all about to change come May 3rd when her feature film debut, Kiss of the Damned, arrives in limited theaters courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

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
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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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Sexy Vampire Film Kiss Of The Damned Coming to Bluray/DVD This July!!

Xan CassavetesKiss Of The Damned was a breath of fresh air for the vampire genre (review), and lucky for horror fans, it’s been recently announced that the erotic vampire film will be heading to DVD/Bluray on July 23rd, via Magnet Releasing.

“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.
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Kiss Of The Damned Reivew

Don’t you just hate when you unknowingly bring a vampire home to spend the night? One minute you’re using the phrase “Oh god” as a statement of exclamatory pleasure, and the next minute you’re calling out God’s name in a fit of religious protection. Hope you brought your garlic flavored condoms, Pope blessed body chocolate, and pure silver crafted – um…I mean…Kiss Of The Damned, right, this is a movie review, not some sick erotic Dracula fan fiction. I’ll save that article for a rainy day.

Xan CassavetesKiss 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,
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