A couple of images have been released from The Most Assassinated Woman in the World, a film that follows actress Paul Maxa. Played by Anna Mouglalis (Anna, Summer Rain), the film focuses on the life behind the woman who was murdered 10,00 times in 60 different ways and raped at least 3,000 times. All on stage, of course.
The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is due to screen at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival this year and BIFFF describes the film as follows:
Who was the most assassinated woman in the world? This dubious honour befell Paula Maxa, the star of the Grand Guignol Theater in the Pigalle district of Paris at the beginning of the 1930s. On stage, she was murdered more than 10,000 times in at least 60 different ways and raped at least 3,000 times. In the dramatised film version, we meet an imperturbable woman who hides a terrible family secret. Writer and director André de Lorde, nicknamed “The Prince of Terror”, practically keeps her under lock and key with the help of a psychiatrist. Until one day, a young journalist pays a visit for an article he’s writing and he starts suspecting the famous theatre is somehow involved with a series of gruesome murders. Upon meeting Paula, he falls head over heels in love and he also learns about her painful past. Will he be able to save her from the clutches of the shady characters surrounding her?
Franck Ribière is making his directorial debut with the film, but he has worked as a producer on a ton of genre films, including Inside, Extinction, Witching & Bitching and Livid.
The Most Assassinated Woman in the World is said to be in the vein of films like The Illusionist and The Prestige, so we look forward to hearing those early reactions from BIFFF when it screens on 7th April.
Words: Jessy Williams (@JessyCritical)