Berlin: WTFilms Picks Up ‘Free The Nipple’

Berlin: WTFilms Picks Up 'Free The

Paris-based sales outfit WTFilms has nabbed Lina Esco’s “Free the Nipple,” a New York-set comedy based on real women who battled the cops and courts for their topless rights in America.

Pic stars actress-turned-filmmaker Esco, playing a blogger/photographer who joins forces with other women to fight for the right of women to be topless in public places. In the humor-laced pic, Esco also examines the ways in which violence and sex are treated differently in the U.S., and emphasizes the media’s indulgence towards violence and over-sexualized portrayal of women’s bodies in American popular culture.

Esco launched a campaign on social media platforms Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Google Plus, which was banned.

“Gender equality is what we are aiming for at it’s most basic level.  It took a hundred years of protest, speeches and marches for women to finally earn their right to vote in August 18,1920 in America. It’s always a struggle for women to overturn draconian laws created by men,” Esco told Variety. “I believe to see a woman’s nipple as ‘obscene’ or ‘criminal’ by the status quo and the MPAA and the FCC, the same nipple that most of us in this world depended on for nourishment or survival for the first year or so of our lives, is a damaging and dangerous stigma to brand women with in this country.”

Currently in post-production, “Free the Nipple” was produced by Esco, U.S. exec Hunter Richards, as well as Lisa Azuelos and Julien Madon from France.

WTFilms’ Dimitri Stephanides and Gregory Chambet are showing a trailer of the pic at the EFM.

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  1. annabanna says:

    oh and ifc picked it up i heard its in theaters dec 12th

  2. annabanna says:

    im actually looking foward to this movie and i also heard the girl in front is named miss knockout she was battling breast cancer while filming this movie strong women but thats a story within the story im actually inspired by her she rocks!

  3. old codger says:

    RE the picture above…

    Odd what hormone injections can do for a bunch of confused guys.

  4. michaelallenscott says:

    As a historian, I always enjoy reading stories about “rights” issues and noting the hyperbole. It did not take “a hundred years of protest, speeches and marches for women to finally earn their right to vote” in America, as Ms. Esco claims. She should devote more time to reading history and less time to worrying about “Draconian” “male established” laws like public nudity.

  5. Kat says:

    Never understood the obsession over nipples, they are all most men have, yet women don’t have the right to take off our shirts even if it’s 120 degrees out in the shade! Absurd!

  6. Roy says:

    When are women going to understand that society doesn’t dictate what men find sexual?

    • Dingo says:

      Why should men’s (socially conditioned) sexual desires dictate unequal social norms? Gay men and women find half-naked men attractive, yet men can still walk around topless.

      • Vespa says:

        Socially conditioned? Spoken like a true emotional/irrational/illogical/knee-jerking flake. I always enjoy the intellectual midget w/ their “I learned it in grad school, so it must be true” attitude. Let me guess-“studies show” or “research suggests”?

  7. Phil says:

    I think this is one of those issues that’s easy to underestimate the importance of. Good luck to her!

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