Four eclectic international casts are before cameras on “Erotique,” Group 1 Films’ compilation pic about female sexuality in the ’90s, said producer Brandon Chase.
Casts will be familiar to film buffs, but Chase said stars were not the priority for the women directors of the pic’s four segments: American Lizzie Borden, Germany’s Monika Treut, Hong Kong’s Clara Law and Brazil’s Ana Maria Magalhaes.
“They wanted actors who could deliver a message,” Chase said.
In L.A., Borden (“Love Crimes”) is directing Kamala Lopez Dawson (telepic “Crazy From the Heart”) as a struggling actress who takes a job in a phone-sex office. She plays opposite Bryan Cranston (fresh off Lili Zanuck’s “Clean Slate”), who becomes more than a client. Cast includes Ray Oriel (“Point of No Return”) and Liane Curtis (“Benny & Joon”).
In Kowloon, Hong Kong, Law is shooting a sensual affair between a Chinese girl — played by Hayley Mann, who also starred in Law’s “Farewell China”– and a foreign-born Chinese played by Tim Lounibos (“The Hero”).
On Aug. 2, Treut starts shooting a tale about two beautiful lesbians who have a deadly heterosexual fling in Hamburg. Priscilla Barnes (“Berlin Break”) and Amanda Ooms (Sweden’s “Woman on the Roof”) star alongside Marianne Sagebrecht (“Bagdad Cafe”), Peter Kern and Euro model Michael Carr. Warner Records star Tanita Tikaram has both singing and acting roles.
By Aug. 16, Magalhaes will be directing a tale in Rio de Janeiro about a sexually repressed school teacher who is attacked on a train by two hoodlums (Jose Mayer and Tonico Pereira) and rescued by a photojournalist, played by Brazilian soap and theater star Guilherme Leme.
No distribution contracts have been inked and pic will unspool for international buyers at Mifed, according to Chase. “Erotique” will have its official world preem at the Berlin Film Fest.