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

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 20, 2012 at 12:54PM

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 scored the role of Janis Joplin in Sean Durkin's upcoming biopic)...
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Arianda in 'Venus in Fur'
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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.