Altered Innocence has picked up North American rights to Bertrand Mandico’s sophomore feature film “After Blue (Dirty Paradise),” which just had its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival. The film will make its North American premiere at Toronto Film Festival in the Midnight Madness sidebar, and the U.S. premiere will be held at Fantastic Fest.

The film takes place on the planet After Blue, where teenager Roxy unwittingly frees a dangerous criminal buried in the sand. Roxy and her mother Zora (Elina Löwensohn) are deemed responsible, exiled from their community, and sentenced to track down the killer. They start a long journey pacing the supranatural territories of their filthy paradise.

The deal was negotiated between Frank Jaffe from Altered Innocence and Grégoire Melin from Kinology.

Jaffe commented: “Beyond the fact that Bertrand Mandico’s ‘The Wild Boys’ (Les garçons sauvages) was the film that launched the theatrical arm of Altered Innocence, we’re gigantic fans of his rebellious spirit and his pursuit of aesthetic perfection, both of which are enormously present in his latest feature. We can’t wait to take North American audiences on a wild trip with his latest epic, which is like a lesbian ‘El Topo’ in space!”

Melin added, “We’re beyond thrilled to partner with Frank on this outstanding and ambitious new achievement from Mandico, certainly 20 years ahead of its time, and which we can’t wait for audiences to discover.”