Polanski Directing 'Venus in Fur' in France This November, Latest Doc Unspools at NYFF

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by Sophia Savage
September 20, 2012 12:54 PM
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Arianda in 'Venus in Fur'
Roman Polanski will direct "Venus in Fur," an adaptation of the play by David Ivs. The erotic black comedy was a Broadway success, earning a Tony nomination for Best Play and a win for actress Nina Arianda (who subsequently landed the role of Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin's upcoming biopic). Polanski's film will shoot in France this November with his wife Emmanuelle Seigner starring ("Frantic," "Bitter Moon") alongside French hunk Louis Garrel ("The Dreamers").

Polanski is the subject of yet another documentary by Marina Zenovich, "Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out," which screened at Toronto and will show at the New York Film Festival.

Polanski states:

“[Reading Venus in Fur] I got so fired up to put this brilliant black comedy on film that I decided to fit it in before 'D.,' whose screenplay and pre-production will demand a few more months. Louis Garrel and Emmanuelle Seigner will make for a stunning duo.”

Polanski last feature, 2011's "Carnage," opened the NYFF.  Independently financed, "Venus in Fur" will be repped for overseas sales by Lionsgate/Summit, while ICM will handle North American rights.

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  • cadavra | September 22, 2012 6:06 PMReply

    So to recap: He's translating an English-language play into French, replacing the Tony-winning creator of the role with his wife (who's 20 years too old for the part), resulting in a two-character talkfest that will be wall-to-wall subtitles in non-French-speaking markets. Quelle brilliance!

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