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‘Climax,’ Gaspar Noe’s Controversial Cannes Film, Selling to A24

A24 is poised to buy “Climax,” an orgiastic trip of a movie from enfant terrible Gaspar Noé that’s been described as either electrifying or wearying — or both — by audiences at Cannes.

The deal has yet to close, according to insiders, but it likely to be for domestic rights. Sofia Boutella from “The Mummy” anchors the film’s cast. “Climax” centers on a dance party that deteriorates after someone put LSD in the drinks. This being a Noé film (a director whose last film “Love” included real sex scenes shot in 3D), “Climax” also boasts oodles of flashy camera work.

“For about 45 minutes, it’s a compelling movie, and with its ensemble cast of 20 young dancers, it feels like a new flavor for this artist of scandal,” wrote Variety’s Owen Gleiberman in a mixed review. Others were much more favorable. IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, for instance, raved, “This story of a dance party gone very wrong is possibly Noé’s best movie, but it’s certainly the best snapshot of a talented filmmaker committed to fucking with your head.”

CAA Media Finance and Wild Bunch were handling sales of the film. A24 has developed a reputation for backing edgier art-house fare, winning a best picture Oscar for 2016’s “Moonlight” and also releasing the likes of “Lady Bird” and “The Witch.”

Deadline first reported the sale.

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