Pic is director's narrative feature debut
Helmer Xan Cassavetes, the daughter of indie icon John Cassavetes, has wrapped production on her narrative feature debut “Kiss of the Damned.”The Verisimilitude/Deer Jen production stars French thesps Josephine de la Baume and Roxane Mesquida, as well as Milo Ventimiglia, while Michael Rappaport, Riley Keough and Anna Mouglalis co-star. Alex Orlovsky (‘Blue Valentine”) and Jen Gatien (“Holy Rollers”) produced the Cassavetes-scripted pic. Story 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. The visual style of “Kiss of the Damned” is said to be heavily inspired by the look and feel of European art vampire movies of the ’70s, and Cassavetes’ visual influences for the project include Tony Scott’s vampire pic “The Hunger,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s hyper-stylized “The Conformist” and the Belgian vampire classic “Daughters of Darkness.” Cassavetes previously directed the docu “Z Channel: Magnificent Obsession.” She is repped by Dana O’Keefe at Cinetic Media.