AFM continues on, and the genre news keeps coming! Variety is reporting that Gary Farkas, Clement Lepoutre, and Olivier Muller of the Paris-based production company Vixens are building a stylish slate of director-driven, genre-bending projects, including Turkish helmer Can Evrenol’s Housewife, Swedish-Iranian director Milad Alami’s The Charmer, and French director Christophe Deroo’s Beyond the Wall of Sleep.
Housewife marks the English-language debut of Evrenol, an up-and-coming Turkish helmer who made his debut with Baskin. Described by Vixens as being in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and Dario Argento’s films, the film was written by Evrenol with his co-scribe on Baskin, Cem Ozuduru. Turkish outfit Mo Film is co-producing.
Vixens is currently negotiating with several partners on Housewife, including Lene Borglum at Space Rocket Nation, the Danish production outfit behind Nicolas Winding Refn’s films, Manuel Chiche’s French company The Joker, and XYZ in the U.S. Shooting will take place in January in Istanbul.
Beyond the Wall of Sleep, meanwhile, will be the sophomore outing of Christophe Deroo, whose debut Sam Was Here played at Sitges, Etrange Festival in Paris, and Gerardmer, among other festivals. An adaptation of a novel by Howard Phillips Lovecraft by the same name, the Gothic supernatural film will be shot in two parts against a backdrop reminiscent of The Revenant. Shooting will kick off during the last quarter of 2017.
The Charmer marks the first feature film of Alami, a promising emerging filmmaker whose shorts have played at festivals including Karlovy Vary, Goteborg and Cannes’ Directors Fortnight.
Finally, The Charmer, a psychological drama with some thriller elements, revolves around a Danish-Iranian underachiever who lives under a fake identity and is forced to reconsider his life after falling in love with a woman.
The Charmer will have a disturbing, surreal atmosphere, said Farkas, who previously worked at Wild Bunch. Denmark’s Good Company Films is lead producing the project.
Also on Vixens’ roster is David Raboy’s The Giant, an English-speaking horror film in the vein of It Follows. Sold by Insiders MadRiver, The Giant will be shooting in the summer.
Look for more on all of these projects as we get it.