Nov 17 2009

House of Boys Premiere

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Today is the Premiere of House of Boys by Jean-Claude Schlim.

The year is 1984. Frank is an 18-year-old boy, who has just ‘come out’. He loves
dancing and new wave music and leads a superficial life partying and discovering his
sexuality. Frank’s final exams are approaching and as he is not at all prepared, he
decides to leave for Amsterdam with his friend Rita. However, after a couple of weeks,
she heads off to the South of France, which leaves Frank on his own.
Frank manages to get a job as a dancer in the House of Boys, a gay cabaret/strip club.
There he meets Jake, an American dancer in his early 20’s. They share a room together
and Frank is attracted to this good-looking, mature boy. However, his advances are
rejected as Jake has a girlfriend, Carol, who secretly sneaks in from time to time.
Madame, an astute businessman who stars in his own extravagant cabaret show on
Friday nights, owns the House of Boys and rules it together with Emma, a caring
woman.
After one of the shows, Jake has sex with an American customer in a private backroom,
which makes Frank jealous. Despite this, Frank and Jake’s relationship doesn’t suffer. In
fact they become really close friends after Jake dumps his girlfriend when she confesses
to having had an abortion, unbeknownst to Jake. After a concert night, Jake and Frank’s
relationship deepens and they make love for the first time.
This newfound happiness is threatened when Jake falls ill. He is diagnosed with a new
disease officially called AIDS, but referred to as ‘gay cancer’. Since this is bad for
business, Jake and Frank have to leave the House of Boys. Emma offers them her help
and a room in her apartment but Jake’s illness only gets worse and he is checked into a
hospital. Here he is accommodated in the closed section of the infectious diseases unit.
During his long agony, Frank never moves from his friend’s side, even though Jake is
now completely ravaged by a general Kaposi syndrome. Emma pays regular visits to the
boys. Frank still has an irrational hope that Jake will get better. He promises him that
they will visit Essaouira together, a place that Jake has always dreamed of visiting
because his idol, Jimmy Hendrix, once lived there. The very next day, Jake dies while
Frank is asleep on a chair next to him.
Frank and Carol then make a journey to Morocco where they throw Jake’s ashes into the
sea from the old rampart walls of Essaouira. They feel happy in themselves and are able
to look optimistically to a hopeful future.

THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
S STATEMENT
‘Talk About It’, that has been the slogan launched by Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan and other
spokespeople through UNAIDS – sounding the alarm, that the battle against AIDS is far
from over.
Contributing to the prevention of AIDS can take many forms, but the fact is that cinema,
worldwide, has long since forgotten about AIDS. People have neglected AIDS as a
deadly disease. HOUSE OF BOYS will be in that sense a time document, that shows
terrifying images, as seen in the ‘dark ages’ of this epidemic; in order for new
generations to visualize the horror beyond description and thus hopefully awaken
consciousness and public awareness.
HOUSE OF BOYS will certainly be tragic, even though I might see it sometimes as a feel
good comedy with funny, witty and colourful characters, set up around a dramatic love
story. ‘I don’t want be a director, I want to simply make a good movie!’ I consider making
a film to be teamwork, driven by a positive and creative input from cast and crew. I do
believe that our strength lies in a very powerful script and its classic, but timeless
approach of story telling.
THE DIRECTOR
Line producer:
LA NUIT MEDICIS (2007), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (2004- Michael Radford),
AUTOBAHNRASER (2003 – Michael Keusch), THE EMPEROR’S WIFE (2002 – Julien
Vrebos), MOONLIGHT (2001 -Paula van der Oest), CQ (2000 – Roman Coppola),
CHRISTIE MALRY’S OWN- DOUBLE ENTRY (1999 – Paul Tickell), SHADOW OF A
VAMPIRE (1999 – Elias Merhige)
Producer or executive producer:
PERL ODER PICA (2006 – Pol Cruchten), SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE (1988 – Pol
Cruchten), SNIPER (1994 – Pol Cruchten), BLACK DJU (1995 – Pol Cruchten)
Production manager:
DANIELLE STEEL’S JEWELS (1992 – Robert Young), THREE SHAKE-A-LEG STEPS
TO HEAVEN (1993 – Andy Bausch), LORENZ IM LAND DER LÜGER (1995 – Jürgen
Brauer), AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS (1996 – Anthony Waller), BACK IN
TROUBLE (1997 – Andy Bausch), ABELTJE – THE FLYING LIFTBOY (1998 – Ben
Sombogaart), 81/2 WOMEN (1998 – Peter Greenaway), FORTESS 2 (1998 – Geoff
Murphy), WARBURG (1990 – Moshe Mizrahi), ABRACADABRA (1991 – Harry Cleven),
LE CHINOIS (1991 – Vittorio Sindoni), LA GUERRE BLANCHE (1991 – Pedro Maso sr.)
More Songs For life – Music inspired by the Screenplay of House of Boys
Director’s office : Productions audiovisuelles 46, rue Schrobilgen L-2526 Luxembourg
Ph. +352 44 96 61 Mobile: +352 061 503 100
THE PRODUCER’S STATEMENT
A true love story of the 80’s , where highlife and fashion extravagance had its highlights,
where music was outrageous and nightclubbing a new way of life.
This stylish set-up is the background of a deeply moving romance between two young
men. There is a common saying that there is no love without suffering. The beginning of
the AIDS epidemic sounded the end of the 80’s and turned into a major tragedy for a lot
of people around the world.
The universal theme of love and tragedy, joy and suffering is far older than the movies.
In a classic melodramatic style, influenced by Douglas Sirk and Rainer Fassbinder – how
could it be different?
The director wants to bring to the screen a direct, heartbreaking, funny, crazy, sexy

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Today is the Premiere of House of Boys by Jean-Claude Schlim.

The year is 1984. Frank is an 18-year-old boy, who has just ‘come out’. He loves
dancing and new wave music and leads a superficial life partying and discovering his
sexuality. Frank’s final exams are approaching and as he is not at all prepared, he
decides to leave for Amsterdam with his friend Rita. However, after a couple of weeks,
she heads off to the South of France, which leaves Frank on his own.
Frank manages to get a job as a dancer in the House of Boys, a gay cabaret/strip club.
There he meets Jake, an American dancer in his early 20’s. They share a room together
and Frank is attracted to this good-looking, mature boy. However, his advances are
rejected as Jake has a girlfriend, Carol, who secretly sneaks in from time to time.
Madame, an astute businessman who stars in his own extravagant cabaret show on
Friday nights, owns the House of Boys and rules it together with Emma, a caring
woman.
After one of the shows, Jake has sex with an American customer in a private backroom,
which makes Frank jealous. Despite this, Frank and Jake’s relationship doesn’t suffer. In
fact they become really close friends after Jake dumps his girlfriend when she confesses
to having had an abortion, unbeknownst to Jake. After a concert night, Jake and Frank’s
relationship deepens and they make love for the first time.
This newfound happiness is threatened when Jake falls ill. He is diagnosed with a new
disease officially called AIDS, but referred to as ‘gay cancer’. Since this is bad for
business, Jake and Frank have to leave the House of Boys. Emma offers them her help
and a room in her apartment but Jake’s illness only gets worse and he is checked into a
hospital. Here he is accommodated in the closed section of the infectious diseases unit.
During his long agony, Frank never moves from his friend’s side, even though Jake is
now completely ravaged by a general Kaposi syndrome. Emma pays regular visits to the
boys. Frank still has an irrational hope that Jake will get better. He promises him that
they will visit Essaouira together, a place that Jake has always dreamed of visiting
because his idol, Jimmy Hendrix, once lived there. The very next day, Jake dies while
Frank is asleep on a chair next to him.
Frank and Carol then make a journey to Morocco where they throw Jake’s ashes into the
sea from the old rampart walls of Essaouira. They feel happy in themselves and are able
to look optimistically to a hopeful future.

THE DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT
S STATEMENT
‘Talk About It’, that has been the slogan launched by Bill Clinton, Kofi Annan and other
spokespeople through UNAIDS – sounding the alarm, that the battle against AIDS is far
from over.
Contributing to the prevention of AIDS can take many forms, but the fact is that cinema,
worldwide, has long since forgotten about AIDS. People have neglected AIDS as a
deadly disease. HOUSE OF BOYS will be in that sense a time document, that shows
terrifying images, as seen in the ‘dark ages’ of this epidemic; in order for new
generations to visualize the horror beyond description and thus hopefully awaken
consciousness and public awareness.
HOUSE OF BOYS will certainly be tragic, even though I might see it sometimes as a feel
good comedy with funny, witty and colourful characters, set up around a dramatic love
story. ‘I don’t want be a director, I want to simply make a good movie!’ I consider making
a film to be teamwork, driven by a positive and creative input from cast and crew. I do
believe that our strength lies in a very powerful script and its classic, but timeless
approach of story telling.
THE DIRECTOR
Line producer:
LA NUIT MEDICIS (2007), THE MERCHANT OF VENICE (2004- Michael Radford),
AUTOBAHNRASER (2003 – Michael Keusch), THE EMPEROR’S WIFE (2002 – Julien
Vrebos), MOONLIGHT (2001 -Paula van der Oest), CQ (2000 – Roman Coppola),
CHRISTIE MALRY’S OWN- DOUBLE ENTRY (1999 – Paul Tickell), SHADOW OF A
VAMPIRE (1999 – Elias Merhige)
Producer or executive producer:
PERL ODER PICA (2006 – Pol Cruchten), SOMEWHERE IN EUROPE (1988 – Pol
Cruchten), SNIPER (1994 – Pol Cruchten), BLACK DJU (1995 – Pol Cruchten)
Production manager:
DANIELLE STEEL’S JEWELS (1992 – Robert Young), THREE SHAKE-A-LEG STEPS
TO HEAVEN (1993 – Andy Bausch), LORENZ IM LAND DER LÜGER (1995 – Jürgen
Brauer), AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS (1996 – Anthony Waller), BACK IN
TROUBLE (1997 – Andy Bausch), ABELTJE – THE FLYING LIFTBOY (1998 – Ben
Sombogaart), 81/2 WOMEN (1998 – Peter Greenaway), FORTESS 2 (1998 – Geoff
Murphy), WARBURG (1990 – Moshe Mizrahi), ABRACADABRA (1991 – Harry Cleven),
LE CHINOIS (1991 – Vittorio Sindoni), LA GUERRE BLANCHE (1991 – Pedro Maso sr.)
More Songs For life – Music inspired by the Screenplay of House of Boys
Director’s office : Productions audiovisuelles 46, rue Schrobilgen L-2526 Luxembourg
Ph. +352 44 96 61 Mobile: +352 061 503 100
THE PRODUCER’S STATEMENT
A true love story of the 80’s , where highlife and fashion extravagance had its highlights,
where music was outrageous and nightclubbing a new way of life.
This stylish set-up is the background of a deeply moving romance between two young
men. There is a common saying that there is no love without suffering. The beginning of
the AIDS epidemic sounded the end of the 80’s and turned into a major tragedy for a lot
of people around the world.
The universal theme of love and tragedy, joy and suffering is far older than the movies.
In a classic melodramatic style, influenced by Douglas Sirk and Rainer Fassbinder – how
could it be different?
The director wants to bring to the screen a direct, heartbreaking, funny, crazy, sexy

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One Response to “House of Boys Premiere”

  1. Pedroon 17 Nov 2009 at 10:58

    Mais c’est bien, le résumé raconte déjà tout le film, alors plus besoin de payer 8 Euros pour aller au cinéma!

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