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Magnet Releasing, Deerjen Films, Verisimilitude

in association with Bersin Pictures


A film by Xan Cassavetes

Official Selection:

2012 Venice Film Festival


97 minutes; 2.35, 35mm

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Beautiful vampire Djuna (Josephine de La Baume) tries to resist the advances of the handsome, human screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia), but eventually gives in to their passion. When her troublemaker sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) unexpectedly comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…


I am not a fanatical vampire person, although there are certain vampire films, mainly European, which have burned in my mind ever since seeing them as a teenager.  Their beauty, formality and atmosphere continue to fascinate me. They are fantasies that reflect reality with their depiction of a kind of breathtaking power, loneliness and quest for survival. 

With Kiss of the Damned, my first narrative feature, I wanted to tell a story of vampires trying to find the meaning in life, to enjoy the dilemma of forever. I wanted to borrow the tradition of contrasting loveliness and brutality from the vampire films I love, to set a story about confused creatures, trying the best they can to find truth.

  • Xan Cassavetes



French actress Joséphine de La Baume will soon be seen in Ron Howard’s Rush. She recently appeared in Lone Scherfig’s romantic comedy One Day, as a femme fatale Madeleine in Johnny English Reborn starring Rowan Atkinson, and in Sylive Verheyde’s Confession of a Child of the Century alongside Peter Doherty and Charlotte Gainsbourg. She also starred in the 2012 TV miniseries “Titanic”. Josephine began her film career in Boogie Woogie in which she played ‘Frenchie’ alongside Danny Huston, Heather Graham and Gillian Anderson. She went on to star in the French film The Princess of Montpensier directed by Bertrand Tavernier, (Cannes 2011). Joséphine starred opposite Vincent Cassel in the critically acclaimed Romain Gavras feature Our Day will Come and has starred alongside Claudia Cardinale in Nadia Szold’s first feature Joy de V. Joséphine studied theatre in Paris at the Cours Viriot, in London at RADA and in New York at Black Nexxus. Alongside her acting career, Joséphine sings and plays keyboard in the band SingTank.


Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Milo Ventimiglia’s career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Segueing effortlessly between the big and small screen, Milo’s passion for the art of acting keeps him drawn to both studio and independent features. Milo has most recently been seen in Sony Pictures’ comedy That’s My Boy opposite Adam Sandler, and sci-fi thriller

The Divide, a sci-fi thriller about the aftermath of an attack on New York. His other film credits include Rocky Balboa (as Sylvester Stallone’s son), the Sony heist film Armored with Matt Dillon and Laurence Fishburne, Gamer alongside Gerard Butler,

Pathology alongside Alyssa Milano, the Wes Craven/Kevin Williamson thriller Cursed, The Chaos Theory, Stay Alive, Dirty Deeds, Winter Break and Massholes. Milo starred in the hugely popular NBC TV series “Heroes,” about a group of seemingly everyday people who discover they have super powers. He also had roles in the series “Gilmore Girls,” “The Bedford Diaries,” “American Dreams.” and “Boston Public”. With his production company, DiVide Pictures, he launched two comic book titles with Top Cow publishing, REST and BERSERKER.

Roxane Mesquida as MIMI

Roxane Mesquida was born in Marseille, France, although she spent her childhood in the nearby village of Pradet. She made her debut in Manuel Pradal’s acclaimed 1997 film Marie Baie des Anges. She had breakthrough roles in controversial director Catherine Breillat’s À ma soeur! (aka Fat Girl) and Sex Is Comedy a fictionalized making-of. She also acted in Breillat’s 2007 costume drama La Vieille Maîtresse.

Other credits include Benoît Jacquot’s L’École de la Chair, La Dérive co-starring American actor Brady Corbet, and Kim Chapiron’s horror film Sheitan, which also starred the film’s co-producer, Vincent Cassel, Gregg Araki’s Kaboom, Quentin Dupieux’s Rubber, Frederic Da’s The Hole in the Wall, and Kirstin Marcon’s The Most Fun You Can Have Dying.

Roxane also had recent recurring roles in the popular TV series “Gossip Girl” and “XIII: The Series.”


Anna Mouglalis was recently seen as French singer Juliette Greco in Joann Sfar’s Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life. Anna also starred as Coco Chanel in Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky, which closed the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Along with her career as an actress, Mouglalis was chosen by Karl Lagerfeld for the 2002 campaign for the Amateur Allure de Chanel perfume, and she is now one of his “muses” still promoting Chanel today. Anna’s other French film credits include Mammuth (dirs.

Gustave de Kervern & Benoit Delepine), Francis Girod’s Terminal, Claude Chabrol’s Merci Pour le Chocolat and Jean- Pierre Limosin’s Novo. Anna has also acted in Italian movies: Roberta Torre’s Mare Nero, Michele Placido’s Romanzo Criminale and Luigi Lo Cascio’s Mare Buio. She received rave reviews for her portrayal of existentialist Simone de Beauvoir in the French TV film “Les Amants du Flore”, directed by Ilan Duran Cohen. Anna studied at the Conservatoire National Superieure d’Art Dramatique de Paris (CNSAD).



Xan Cassavetes is both a writer and director. She directed the feature documentary Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) with IFC Films. Kiss of the Damned is her debut feature narrative film. She was born on September 21, 1965 in Los Angeles CA.



Joséphine de la Baume DJUNA

Milo Ventimiglia PAOLO

Roxane Mesquida MIMI

Anna Mouglalis XENIA

Michael Rapaport BEN

Riley Keough ANNE

Ching Valdes-Aran IRENE

Director: Xan Cassavetes

Screenplay: Xan Cassavetes

Produced by: DEERJEN, VerisimilitudE

Producers: Jen Gatien , Alex Orlovsky

Executive Producers: Adam S. Bersin , Jacob Pechenik , Riaz Tyab ,

Jonathan Vinnik , Jesse Itzler

Co-producers: Jacob Jaffke , Jonathan Montepare , John F. Lyons

Co-Executive Producer: Dawn Cullen Jonas

Cinematographer: Tobias Datum

Production Design: Chris Trujillo

Editors: Taylor Gianotas , John F. Lyons

Costume Design: Audrey Louise Reynolds

Composer: SteVen Hufsteter

Additional Original Music By: Demdike Stare


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