Four female directors from four corners of the world will begin shooting their respective short stories for the feature “Erotique” this week, says Brandon Chase, prexy/CEO of Group 1 Films.
All four helmers — Lizzie Borden in the U.S., Clara Law in Hong Kong, Ana Maria Magalhaes in Argentina and Monika Treut in Germany — have agreed to come up with both NC-17- and R-rated versions of their titillating tales.
“This is erotica as seen by four different women in four different parts of the world,” said Chase, whose Group 1 Films is financing the production with private financiers from each of the respective territories.
“There will be two versions,” he explains. “We’re not doing it with the scissors. We will simultaneously shoot certain scenes that may be construed as NC-17 in the States, to get an R for States or any other territory that needs that cut.”
Chase said each of the women is aware of the two versions and that they’re “going to shoot this the way they see it. The agreement says they’ll cover everything to give us an R. Premier cable in Germany wants an uncut version, which would be an NC-17 version, (based on the four original screenplays). I’m going for an R for the States.”
So what are the sizzling stories?
Borden, director of “Love Crimes,” will shoot the opener, “Let’s Talk About Sex,” which centers on a young Latino actress who works in a phone sex office to pay the bills and inadvertently becomes a participant in a caller’s unusual sexual fantasy.
Fest circuit veteran Monika Treut, director of “Female Misbehavior,” is shooting “Taboo Parlor” in Hamburg. It focuses on two stunning women in a lesbian relationship and their deadly involvement in a heterosexual fling.
“Autumn Moon” helmer Clara Law will brew “Wonton Soup,” which follows a foreign-born Chinese boy to Hong Kong where he reunites with a native-born Chinese in a sensual adventure.
And Ana Maria Magalhaes will have the “Final Call” about a sexually repressed school teacher who is attacked on a train by two hoodlums and rescued by a young photojournalist.
Casting vet Jerry Franks is actively working on Borden’s slice and is an acting consultant on the other three parts.