Euro ‘Boys’ set for U.S. bow

Matson to release pic in summer

“House of Boys,” set in Europe’s gay dance club world in the 1980s, has secured as U.S. distribution deal with Matson Films for late summer release.

Produced by Luxembourg-based Delux, the pic stars Stephen Fry, Udo Kier and Layke Anderson.

Deal was reached during the Cannes Film Festival. Delux’s Bob Bellion and Jimmy de Brabant produced the film, co-written and directed by Jean-Claude Schlim. Moonstone Entertainment’s Etchie Stroh exec produced and is worldwide sales rep.

“House of Boys” was shot in English in Luxembourg and Germany.

Story follows a newly-out teen who leaves home to explore his freedom in an all-male cabaret run by Madame (Kier) and falls for a fellow dancer who’s diagnosed with AIDS. They are comforted by a compassionate doctor (Fry).

Soundtrack features “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, “Muscle Bound” by Spandau Ballet and “World of My Own” by Jimmy Somerville of the Bronski Beat.

“The opportunity to present ‘House of Boys,’ which will no doubt draw in audiences that appreciate the music and the epoch, is especially significant as we mark the 30th anniversary of the AIDS epidemic,” said Richard Matson. Delux has produced films including “Girl with a Pearl Earring.” It’s in post-production on “Belle Du Seigneur,” starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Marianne Faithfull and “Hysteria” with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce and Rupert Everett. Matson’s releases include “Snow Bird.”

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