'Love's' NSFW Cannes Poster: Who Are the Nude Models?

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A producer opens up about the ultra-racy photo for the 3D pornographic film premiering at the festival.

A version of this story first appeared in the May 15 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Leave it to enfant terrible director Gaspar Noe (Irreversible) to shock even before his latest film — a 3D pornographic odyssey called Love — premieres in a midnight screening at Cannes.

A hardcore teaser poster was tweeted April 24 by producer Vincent Maraval (Blue Is the Warmest Color) featuring a male organ after climaxing, clutched in a nude woman's hand. (The tagline? "Coming soon.")

Maraval tells The Hollywood Reporter that the jaw-dropping image does not actually appear in Love. "It's an old visual we used a year ago for presales," he says.

So who made the photo? "I just did it with my assistant," Maraval explains. And who is the male model? "I signed a confidentiality clause."

The film's official poster, revealed May 5, hews closely to a softer promo poster released before the X-rated version. In it, three mouths (two female and one male) are seen engaging in a sloppy kiss — saliva, tongues and all.

Love's official synopsis:

January the 1st, early morning. The telephone rings. Murphy wakes up next to his young wife and 2-year-old child. He listens to his voicemail: Electra’s mother, sick with worry, wants to know whether he has heard from her daughter. Electra’s been missing for a long time. She's afraid something really bad has happened to her. Over the course of a long rainy day, Murphy finds himself alone in his apartment, reminiscing about the greatest love affair of his life, his two years with Electra. A burning passion full of promises, games, excesses and mistakes …

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