Adapted from David Ives’ 2010 Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the latest New York theater adaptation from Roman Polanski follows Thomas (Matthieu Almaric), a theater director staging an adaptation from the Leopold von Sacher-Masoch novel. Frustrated by the quality of actresses he has auditioned, Thomas is about to give up, when mysterious Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) arrives in his theater unannounced, knowing every line by heart. As the two begin a fevered, intense, and at times aggressive collaboration, the lines between passion and obsession (and theater and reality), begin to blur. Though originally designed for the stage, master filmmaker Polanski transforms this tense theatrical drama into a piece of a pure cinema in the way that only he can.
Length: 96 minutes
Language: French, German
Premiere: North American
Director: Roman Polanski
Screenwriter: David Ives, Roman Polanski
Producer: Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde
Editor: Margot Meynier, Herve de Luze
Associate Producer: Mariusz Lukomski, Wojtek Palys
Cinematographer: Pawel Edelman
Executive Producer: NA
Composer: Alexandre Desplat
Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Roman Polanski is a French director whose diverse body of work includes Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Chinatown (1974), Tess (1986), Death and The Maiden (1999), The Pianist (2005), and Carnage (2011).