Steven Spielberg in Wrocław
According to a statement released by the Wrocław Film Commission, Steven Spielberg will start shooting the European segment of his latest feature (working title: St. James Place) in November in Wrocław.
The film is produced by DreamWorks, with Potsdam-based Babelsberg Studio acting as European partner and co-producer. Based on an original idea by Matt Charman, the script was written by Joel and Ethan Coen. The film will be lensed by Janusz Kamiński, who has collaborated with Spielberg on several occasions. The cast includes several Hollywood names, including Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Amy Ryan, Alan Alda, and Eve Hewson.
St. James Place is the story of the first spy swap between the United States and the Soviet Union. The plot focuses on a lawyer named James Donovan (Tom Hanks) who takes on the challenge of negotiating an exchange for pilot Francis Gary Powers with the Soviets. Powers’ U2 plane had been shot down over Soviet territory during a reconnaissance flight in 1960.
Filming has already wrapped in New York City; currently the project is in prep mode for filming in Berlin and Potsdam (Babelsberg). Wrocław will se a reconstruction of Berlin from the late 1950s and early 1960s. Wrocław has been used as a setting for Berlin-based films on several occasions – these films include Aimee & Jaguar (1998), A Woman in Berlin (2008), and Phoenix (2014). Set construction was launched today; shooting is scheduled to start in late November. Steven Spielberg previously worked in Poland in 1993, filming his Schindler’s List, which went on to win seven Academy Awards®.
Since the beginning of 2014, the Wrocław Film Commission has provided support in various forms for 28 different film projects. Steven Spielberg’s film is the largest among these projects.
Source: Film Commission Poland
Translated by Karolina Kołtun