Gallic helmer Jean-Claude Brisseau’s sexually explicit “Exterminating Angels” is doing boffo for sales outfit Rezo Intl.
The Directors Fortnight pic, which has played to packed theaters here, has sold to Japan’s Art Port, to Sandrew Metronome for Scandinavian territories and Focus in Brazil, as well as an unnamed Italian company. A German deal is expected.
The film — shot for less than $500,000 — features three-in-a-bed action among nubile French actresses. But “Exterminating Angels” has a further interest factor: its resemblance to real events in Brisseau’s life.
Like the character in his film, the respected Gallic helmer got into trouble with the law when he persuaded young actresses to take their clothes off and perform sex acts when he was casting for “Secret Things,” a film exploring female sexuality.
When thesps didn’t get roles in his film, they took him to court .
Brisseau was exonerated of some charges but convicted of others, prompting outrage in Gallic cinema circles.
In Cannes to promote the film, Brisseau maintains that life imitated art, not the other way around.
“I made my film last summer, before my own legal problems began,” the helmer said.
“Exterminating Angels” has been well received by crix here, but Brisseau says he’s going to leave female sexuality aside for safer subjects when he makes his next film.
“It’s been an ordeal,” said the helmer.