• Sign up or login, and you'll have full access to opportunities of forum.

News From Margot

Go to CruxDreams.com

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Good Bye 2018 – Hello 2019

Happy New Year!



Another update about Maleficarum Monxa Mala

We’re getting ready to say good bye to the old and hello to the new. We’re in between holidays and everything came to a sudden stop, as far as the production goes. Jac intended to do some shooting this passing week, but it did not work out as planned, too many things got in the way, including some emergency work for funds, dealing with some minor health issues, some cast members going away, and more, a lot more.
To complete what’s left of the film, Jac scheduled three days next week/year, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. In those three days all of the scenes that are pending will be shot.


Jac is spending a good amount of time in editing Maleficarum Monxa Mala. He concentrated on a critical sequence of the movie to make sure that he has everything that he needs. It’s a complex, multilayered sequence, critical in the story because that’s when things turn from simple punishments to cruel torture. It’s a transition sequence and it has lots of shots, lots, too many events happening at once, like a three ring circus, really.

The good news is that the First Cut of the film is already at the 30 minutes mark. Which is very good. It means that the editing will advance rather nicely.



Read more about Maleficarum Monxa Mala at the Red Feline Club
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

That’s basically where we are now. As everyone is aware, having two huge holidays in such a short time from one another, and such family and big party oriented holidays, including banks and companies going nuts and not working normally, made this past week a bit of a complicated time for all of us, but most particularly for Jac. We are getting through it and we will get on with the work as it should be done.

So, in the meantime, Happy New Year from all of us!



PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Ranking Our Films In 2018

Another year is gone, we're all a bit older, wiser, and in our case, with more to show. I will be posting the results of how our films did last year, one at a time.

Number One in 2018: JUSTINE (458 points)


JUSTINE was directed by Jac Avila and stars Amy as Justine, Mila as Rosalie, Bea as Omphale and Jac himself as Rodin. It was released in 2016 to controversial reviews at the GIMP but with great reviews elsewhere, it quickly took the spot of Number One for that year. It was Number two in 2017. The production of JUSTINE was completed in December of 2015 and it turned out to be the last film Amy worked as a leading actress and producer. She left for the US only hours after the last scene was shot.

The story:

Innocent Justine tries to preserve her honor but endures extreme torture and violation at the sadistic hands of the Marquis de Sade's disciples of pain, pleasure and sexual deviance, while her sister Juliette thrives in a life of murder and total debauchery.

In this latest post-modernist rendering of de Sade's classic novel, Justine's steadfast faith and naive trust enslave her in a number of perverse practices illustrating that virtue is no match for vice.




Rich Moreland (AVN and other magazines critic), wrote in a 5 part analytical review:
http://bit.ly/2shp0HP

Amy’s talent is on full display again in Justine. Undoubtedly her interpretation of the suffering feminine is hard on her body and eventually she will decide enough is enough. So if watching Amy on-screen is your pleasure, be sure to get a copy of this film. (...) the movie’s most dynamic image, the restrained and punished woman, surpasses other Jac Avila creations with the possible exception of Maleficarum. Amy, Mila, and Bea are easy on the eyes and offer the visual delights of a good whipping that S&M aficionados appreciate. But that’s for just for starters. There’s more.


Famed horror writer and sometimes critic C Dean Andersson wrote:

Jac Avila has created a definitive film version of the Marquis DeSade’s JUSTINE. The film, based on DeSade’s famous novel about the misfortunes of virtue, is in my opinion true to the book’s spirit and content in a way no other version has ever been. Jac Avila has created a definitive film version of the Marquis DeSade’s JUSTINE. The film, based on DeSade’s famous novel about the misfortunes of virtue, is in my opinion true to the book’s spirit and content in a way no other version has ever been. Finally, THE definitive film version of the Marquis DeSade’s JUSTINE.

(Read more at VermeerWorks)
http://bit.ly/2SAGf2j



PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Ranking Our Films In 2018

Number Two in 2018: MALEFICARUM (393 points)


Back in 2010, an out of the blue solid offer of cash by Ralphus and a lingering idea in Jac's head, came together one day and MALEFICARUM was born. It became our best seller of all time when it broke a very high mark in 2018.

MALEFICARUM, the inquisition film to beat all inquisition films past, present and future, was directed by Jac Avila, it stars Amy as Mariana and introduces Mila in the leading role of Francisca, a wealthy orphan. The first day of shooting, a scene with Francisca, it was the first time ever that Mila acted in a movie.

MALEFICARUM was shot back to back with BARBAZUL and Le Marquis De La Croix with Mila in the leading roles.


The story:

Maleficarum is the story of Francisca, a wealthy orphan and Mariana, her widowed protestant friend, who live surrounded by a town in which they are the center of hostile gossip. Francisco Verdugo, the Inquisitor, has his own ambitions. He has his greedy eyes on the orphan heiress’s properties, but he needs a pretext. A confrontation in the street among a group of girls gives him the perfect excuse to arrest Mariana and Francisca and enchain them in the horror chambers of the Inquisition, leading them to a frightful end as they are convicted of witchcraft.


Mike Haberfelner, wrote in (re)Search My Trash:
http://bit.ly/2LNQddN

A pretty powerful and disturbing movie: Disturbing because the film doesn't really hold back in its many torture scenes, some of which are less than easy to stomach, but powerful because despite all the torture, the film manages to tell a rich story full of interesting characters, it manages to make the love between the two tortured girls who go through hell together rather than betraying one another, and the direction (successfully) aims for atmosphere rather than sleaze. To put it shortly, a very nice, well-made film. Recommended – but for above reasons probably not for everybody."



PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Ranking Our Films In 2018 - III

Third in 2018: The Passion of Isabel (375 points)
http://bit.ly/2Vx3Oef


At the beginning of 2017 Jac still had the location that was used as The Dungeon in JUSTINE with all its gadgets. It hadn't been used since the production of the De Sade's story ended in December of 2015. The owners were kind enough to let him store the props, specially the famous Wheel there. But that comfortable situation wasn't going to last forever.

Jac was planning to relocate the props when during the recording of an interview with Bea for an article about JUSTINE, she was asked if she would do a film like that again. She took Jac by surprise when she answered YES.

A while before, after the production of JUSTINE was done, Bea said to Jac that she wasn't going to be acting in a movie like that again, thus Jac's surprise during the interview.

After the interview was done, Jac asked Bea “Are you serious? Do you mean that? Full nudity?“ Again, she answered with a resounding YES to all the questions.

Soon after that revealing conversation, Bea and Jac were at the location, decorating it, setting up the props, testing the whips. They decided to go ahead with a film, just the two of them, alone, with three cameras, the sound recorder, and all the lights. The Passion of Isabel became a reality.


The story:

The year is 1501… The world is changing after a great discovery of strange and exciting new lands beyond the horizon. And yet, even amidst this hope, there is still the horror of the Inquisition. It is into this world that Isabel is accused of a horrible crime.

Isabel is called to her father's side at the high tower in a palace. There, she will meet the man her father has chosen to be her husband: Torquemada - the lord of all the land around her and the palace. When Isabel's inebriate father proudly and publicly announces that he has given her hand in marriage to his aristocratic friend, she violently refuses - insulting both her father and their host. Enraged by this public humiliation, her father rushes to chastise her. To free herself from his grip, she pushes him, causing him to fall from the tower to his death. This dooms Isabel. For she is locked in a dungeon to await trial. But there will not be any trial… Isabel's fate now rests in the hands of Torquemada. And he has only one goal: Destroy the woman who humiliated and rejected him. Will Isabel resist the tortures Torquemada plans for her? Will Torquemada break Isabel's resistance?



Rich Moreland wrote in a 2 part analytical review:
http://bit.ly/2TzkvE7

Bea as Isabel bravely endures her pain to the excitement of the BDSM crowd. But that is only part of her appeal. She uses Isabel’s anguish to seduce even the most casual viewer. It’s a rare talent indeed. Take, for example, the first whipping scene. Isabel’s arms are manacled in a crucifixion position and she growls at Torquemada, “Why are you doing this to me? Damn you, get off me.” But for Isabel, from now on it’s all downhill and there will be no tears only quiet resistance that still flickers at the end.

By the way, this a fabulous scene. Beatriz Rivera’s body is exquisite, her nakedness enchanting. It is one of the best lashing sequences ever filmed by Red Feline or Pachamama Films, for that matter, and that includes the riveting work of Amy Hesketh whose filming resume is without equal in this kind of scene. That, believe me, is high praise and Bea should be proud of her performance in this segment for it alone is worth the price of the DVD.




Get Your Download of The Passion of Isabel
http://bit.ly/2Vx3Oef

PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
2018 The Closing of an Era – The Beginning of a New Cycle


2018 marked the 20th anniversary of the creation of Red Feline Pictures to launch our first Red Feline movie, Red Feline On The Cross. During these 2 decades we produced over 50 films, that’s at almost 3 per year, amongst them 5 documentaries, 2 of them for NatGeo, 10 big budget, mainstream films, including our most recent production in progress Maleficarum Monxa Mala, many shorts and music videos. Not a bad record for a small independent film production company.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

2018 turned out to be a transition year. A year to re-organise, after finally coming to terms with the profound changes that befell us at the end of 2015, to prepare for the new cycle. Three years before, at the end of 2015, the structure that made all those mainstream films possible, changed in a fundamental way. Amy, who with Jac, formed that incredible dynamic duo that led the company for a decade, decided to return to the US to pursue her new goals. She remains a partner in the company and works closely with Jac, but she is not around to work on the projects as she did before.



Read more about
2018 The Closing of an Era – The Beginning of a New Cycle
at the Red Feline Club

http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

localroger I'm not quite sure how to put this, but I think there is a reality check to be had with regard to some of our smaller content producers. Making a movie is hard. It involves a lot more than pointing the camera at a model while stuff happens. All you have to do is look at our resident filmmaker Jac and his medieval torture movies, which take months to complete between filming and post-production..

bakerboy I agree with you 100% ...however, this discussion should have a clear distinction between "video clips" and "movies". The former does not require much skill, money or time, albeit there is a good business model in it. The latter requires a significant skill, money and time and has a completely different business model. There of course is also a significant difference in a running time and many other elements. There will be some producers who will straddle the fence between the two, and lean one way or another with different projects, but NOBODY can even begin to compare Reine Margot style of movie-making to "movies" made by Cruel World. Basically there is no comparison.

Thank you Bakerboy for commenting on 'my style' of film making. It's not mine. I'm just the voice. We follow two basic models of production. Big budget movies, like Dead But Dreaming, Maleficarum, Olalla, to name a few, and the more intimate, two, three people productions like The Passion of Isabel or even our first big release, the very intimate film Red Feline On The Cross. In either case there's a strict rule, the film must have a good finish, even if there are only two people involved and it takes one day to shoot, like in the case of Romana Crucifixa Est. Our “big budget productions" in the world of cinema are, in reality, very low budget films, I'm talking about less than 20,000 per movie. Low budget movies normally go for half a million or more. We do a lot with very little cash in hand.


Ralphus One can compare the product Cruel World puts out to Pedro's output or what the Pachamama Films people do. One look at those productions and no one would be under the assumption that they were shot and edited in 2 days. They are handsomely filmed, well-lit and edited with care, obviously quality productions. They look like real movies.

Indeed. Editing can take from 3 to 9 months, sometimes more if the film is complicated or if there's a disagreement between the Director/Producer and the Editor/Producer/Scriptwriter/Actor. Sometimes two visions may clash in the editing room and that complicates things. JUSTINE was shot in December 2015 and it was released in October 2016, 10 months later. People thought it took too long, but actually it was within the acceptable period of post production. Maleficarum was filmed between December 2010 and February 2011 and it was released in October 2011, 8 months after production was completed. BARBAZUL and Le Marquis de la Croix, both shot back to back with Maleficarum from December to March 2011, were released in October 2012.

Our films have splendid production values and not only look like real movies, they are real movies! Some of them are shown in festivals, have theatrical runs, are featured in famous mainstream magazines like Fangoria and are listed in IMDB
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1309333.



PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Ranking Our Films In 2018 - IV

Fourth in 2018: Le Marquis De La Croix(177 points)
http://bit.ly/2SD8YmV


Amy, Jac, Mila and the team had been very busy since December 2010 with two big production budget films, Maleficarum and BARBAZUL. When they were done with Maleficarum Jac thought that it would be a good idea to use the amazing dungeon for another movie. They could still pay a month rent for a quikie. Jac had a lingering idea, a film he wanted to shoot with Amy, Le Marquis De La Croix.

Amy had another idea, why not make Le Marquis with Mila instead and with herself as Director. She had lots of fun directing both Jac and Mila in BARBAZUL and she felt there was something very intense between them that could work very well in Le Marquis, the same overpowering presence Jac had over poor, defenceless Mila.

Jac liked the idea. Without a script, but with a good solid idea of what to do, they set out to redecorate the set and made The Rack the main instrument in view. Before the month of March was over Mila was whipped, beaten, racked, Strappado, whipped again and crucified and more, all for the whims and pleasures of Le Marquis De La Croix.


The story:

The wealthy marquis, sentenced to his prison confines (luxurious as they are), writes lurid accounts of his sexual imaginations. Fortunately for his perverse addictions, an occasional condemned female criminal is brought to him for a price. Such is the case with Zynga, a gypsy girl sentenced to death, as the marquis tells us, for “three crimes: murder, theft, and arson” (borrowed incidentally from the Marquis de Sade’s 1791 novel, Justine). The film explores the tortures Zynga endures and her eventual demise. The story is presented as a narration extracted from the marquis’ writings in his cell. As he completes one torment and plans the next, the aristocrat returns to his desk to record his thoughts and lets the viewer into his mind via voice over. The bound and naked Zynga is the consistent background image and the main motif throughout the film.


Rich Moreland wrote in a 5 part analytical review:
http://bit.ly/2CRpHxC

In Praise of Mila

Le Marquis is Mila Joya’s film. It’s hard to imagine any other actress as Zynga, the gypsy. A lissom, statuesque girl with a body that begs to be displayed in all its glory, the native Bolivian is the perfect torture victim; she graces every scene with an eroticism that is never overtly intentional but commands every cinematic moment. In bringing Zynga to the screen, Mila whimpers, cries out, and looks pleadingly at the marquis, all the while amusing his perversities. Her most talented feature is her eyes. The pain and desperation she projects through them equips her to excel in this type of role.

Pay particular attention to how Mila handles the humiliation of hunger. Wrists and ankles shackled, she slithers on the floor to nibble a scrap of bread her tormentor casually tosses aside in an arrogant gesture of contempt. Mila fashions Zynga’s sadness into an image so imposing that the camera can’t stay away. Cinematographer Miguel Inti Canedo’s lens absorbs the native Bolivian’s agony while celebrating her beauty in shots that offer frequent close-ups that place the viewer into the scene with her.

Developing the character of Zynga requires few lines of dialogue but a ton of emotion and suffering. Mila accomplishes both while physically coping with whippings that leave real marks on her flesh. Minutes of filming are spent framing her contortions that become the overriding images of Le Marquis.

As mentioned previously, they are the frozen moments that stamp the film with the high honor of pure artistic expression. For the record, Mila’s story reminds me of an icon of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Lana Turner, who at sixteen skipped school and headed to a local drugstore where the right person caught a glimpse of her. It’s the stuff of legends, of course, revealing that the opportunity of discovery is never far away.




Get Your Download of Le Marquis De La Croix
http://bit.ly/2SD8YmV

PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 

Margot

Magistrate
Joined
Mar 3, 2015
Likes
1,489
Ranking Our Films In 2018 - V

Fifth in 2018: Martyr Or The Death Of St Eulalia (148 points)
http://bit.ly/2TwS5dC


There's a saying, all roads lead to Rome. That is exactly how I would describe what led to the production of Martyr (Or The Death Of St Eulalia). Jac and Carmen, better known as Camille, worked on a series of 'rehearsal' videos with the intention of producing a film Jac had in mind since his days of controversial documentarist working in Havana, Cuba, in a film about Haiti.

The idea in his head was “The Passion of Maricelli“, the story of a young woman who has martyrdom fantasies and at one point wants them to become real. That story was set in Cuba. It was never done, it might be done someday. But the concept was in Jac's head and he could not get rid of. He transformed that idea to modern times, and instead of Cuba, he set his story in New York City. And instead of centering the conflict between a domineering father and his rebellious daughter, he place the conflict between a post modern young French woman and her possessive boyfriend who can't deal with Camille having a strange and intense <em>working</em>? relationship with a fascinating photographer.</p>


The story:

As the postmodern world is stormed by an onslaught of religious fundamentalism and resurrected holy wars, Camille, a 21st century young French woman, experiences the passion of a 3rd century virgin martyr.

Camille, a young French woman visiting New York with her boyfriend Julien, a well known French DJ, meets Tadeusz, a fashion photographer and artist who offers her a job. She accepts the offer despite Julien's objections. In an unexpected turn of events, Camille herself suggests the theme. She wants to pose for a series of photographs, inspired by the crucifixion of Saint Eulalia, the 3rd century Spanish Martyr.

Tadeusz puts aside his more lucrative endeavor with his live-in girlfriend and model Gabrielle and sets the minimalist stage where Camille will recreate, step by step, the prolonged suffering of Eulalia. All the while trying to understand the motivations that drove the saint to confront the power of an empire and sacrifice her life while seeming to control her own martyrdom.

Meanwhile, Julien, prodded by Dave, his American roommate and Iago-like confidant, discovers Camille’s extensive research on the methods and consequences of torture and crucifixion. He concludes that his girlfriend is involved in some kind of hardcore sadomasochistic relationship with Tadeusz and fears for her life. He sets out to rescue Camille from the iron claws, the whip and the cross.


Amy Hesketh wrote in her blog a very eloquent analysis of Martyr:
http://bit.ly/2VAIC71

In Transformation and catharsis in Jac Avila's Martyr

In Martyr is punctuated by photo sessions which provide the structure of Camille's transformation, and Camille's subsequent catharsis. In all of Gabrielle's shoots, we see the camera, the flash, we hear the clicking of the shutter, and the first of Camille's photoshoots has these elements as well. But as Camille approaches Eulalia through her work in the studio, the camera seems to fade from view, the click of the shutter is less frequent, we pass through the veil into Camille's private world, where she is becoming Eulalia, and nothing else matters or exists.

It is here, in that world, where we only hear Camille's breathing, her agony, her cries and pain, and suffering, that her transformation really begins. She distances herself from the other characters and slips from this plane into one in which she relives Eulalia's martyrdom. It is beautiful, ugly, bloody, frightening, and sexy all at once.



A beautiful review of Martyr appeared in IMDB:
https://imdb.to/2RCMUM6

In The Fascination of Fear versus the Beauty of Horror

I found Jac Avila's film, Martyr or the Death of Saint Eulalia, beautifully photographed and powerfully compelling on many levels. His use of historical images of female martyrdom merged with contemporary reenactments to bring potent reality to past horrors and historical validation to what could have, in lesser hands, become mere exploitation. The film's interesting and identifiable characters drew me in, a fascinating plot and challenging ideas kept me hooked, then the outcome twisted me around, leaving me staring at myself as if in a mirror. I remember feeling similar emotions while watching Polanski's Repulsion for the first time. The two films bear little outward resemblance, except that both involve an inner journey. Catherine Deneuve's character in Repulsion, however, is headed in the opposite direction from Carmen Paintoux's character in Martyr. Deneuve's character is dissolving before your eyes, but Paintoux's is, while seemingly headed in a dangerous direction, in my view heroically pulling herself together by defying her inner coward and embracing urges she had previously avoided, because the more her flesh was tied and tormented, the freer and stronger her spirit somehow became. Both films, however, produced in me a growing fear for the end toward which each woman was headed. How Avila resolved his story was more unexpected than Polanski's and produced a lingering power that sent me back for subsequent viewings, during which I experienced additional discoveries. I was told by someone whose opinion I respect that this film had the power to change their life. Will it change yours? Give it a try! And then proceed to Avila's Maleficarum. It has the power to change lives, too!



Get Your Download of Martyr Or The Death Of St Eulalia Croix
http://bit.ly/2TwS5dC

PRE BUY MALEFICARUM MONXA MALA AT A DISCOUNT PRICE.
http://bit.ly/2ELYVZC

Join the Red Feline Club and get on the A list to receive the film ahead of its END OF MARCH release!
http://bit.ly/2k4LLwc

The club will soon feature the Video of the Month, a new streaming service!

You can join the supporters club HERE
http://bit.ly/2N6zfqL

DOWNLOAD our Films!
http://bit.ly/1JADqCK

Get any of our DVDs
http://bit.ly/1PpswWE
 
Top Bottom