Moonstone, Delux team on venture

Duo to co-produce theatrical films

Moonstone Entertainment has partnered with Luxembourg-based Delux Prods. on a joint venture to produce two to three theatrical films annually with budgets of $7 million to $15 million.

The pics will have European content and will lense in Luxembourg.

Delux, owned and led by Jimmy De Brabant and Bob Bellion, has produced or co-produced more than 30 films, including “Girl With a Pearl Earring,” “Shadow of a Vampire,” “Merchant of Venice” and “The Pillow Book.”

First project from the alliance is “House of Boys,” the directorial debut of Jean-Claude Schlim. Set in 1980s-era Amsterdam, the story centers on cabaret performance, sexual freedom and the early devastation of the AIDS epidemic. Udo Kier, Stephen Fry and Layke Anderson star.

Moonstone president Etchie Stroh said the alliance with Delux will result in projects with longtime Moonstone partners such as Chen Kaige, Mike Figgis and Julian Temple.

Stroh established Moonstone 16 years ago with his wife, Yael Stroh. The company’s credits include “Together,” “The Promise,” “Cookie’s Fortune,” “Miss Julie,” “Afterglow,” “Dancing at the Blue Iguana” and “Pandaemonium.”

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