The latest Roman Polański’s film „Venus in Fur” (La Vénus à la fourrure) has been selected for a competition in The 66th Cannes International Film Festival. The festival will be run from 15th to 26th of May. 


Erotic black comedy by Polański

The film is an erotic black comedy about a playwright director, who becomes a victim of his own play, while being possessed by an actress that came for an audition to his newest play.

It is an adaptation of a play by David Ives (who is also a co-script writer of the film). The film was inspired by a short story by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch (from whom the word masochism originates).

The main characters of the film are played by the stars of French cinema – Emmanuelle Seigner (Polański’s wife, known from “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, “Frantic”, ”Bitter Moon” and “The Ninth Gate”) and Mathieu Amalric (starring in “My Sex Life... or How I Got Into an Argument”, “The Kings and Queens”, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”, ”Quantum of Solace”, ”Munich”)

The cameraman of the film is Paweł Edelman, who has already been working with Polański on “The Pianist”, “Oliver Twist”, “The Ghost-Writer” and “Carnage”.

The film is a Polish and French co-production. Its screening at the Festival on 25th of May will be its world premiere.


The competition

This year’s feature films jury is headed by Steven Spielberg. 20 productions have been accepted for the competition, which include new films by Coen brothers, Asghar Farhadi, Steven Soderbergh and Nicolas Refn.

In previous years two Polański’s films have been nominated to the award: “The Tenant” in 1976 and “The Pianist” that was awarded with the Palme d'Or in 2002.


Sources: http://www.pisf.pl, www.culture.pl



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