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Mirwais makes film debut with ‘GHB’

Masson film stars Marina Hands, Clemence Poesy

PARIS — Record producer-songwriter Mirwais Ahmadzai, who is best known for resurrecting Madonna’s career, is making his first foray as a movie producer with “GHB,” a stylish, concept-driven drama directed by Laetitia Masson.

Marina Hands (“See How They Dance”), Clemence Poesy (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”) and Elodie Bouchez (“Four Lovers”) topline in the film, which is budgeted under Euros 1.5 million ($2 million).

Pic is co-produced and backed by Leonard Glowinski’s 22h22. Gregoire Melin’s Kinology nabbed international sales rights in the run up to the Unifrance Rendez-Vous, which kicked off on Tuesday, and will unveil the first footage at Berlin.

“‘GHB’ is a reflection on love and pleasure experienced by three women, who are all played by Hands,” Glowinski said.

Ahmadzai, who collaborated with Madonna on her albums “Music,” “American Life” and “Confessions on a Dance Floor,” is producing “GHB” and handling the pic’s artistic direction via his shingle Les Productions 50/50.

“GHB” is structured as a tryptic, with each part set in France, New York and Shanghai, respectively. The three-month shoot just wrapped and the film is now in post.

“Mirwais is a visionary artist who’s always been 10 years ahead of his time, and he’s bringing all his talent and boldness into ‘GHB,'” Melin told Variety at the Unifrance RDV.

Masson’s directorial track-record includes “Why (Not) Brazil?,” which played at Chicago, and Berlin-preeming “Love Me”, and her Cesar-winning feature debut “To Have (Or Not).”

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