Interview with Roman Polanski [video]

La Vénus à la fourrure (Venus in Fur), directed by Roman Polański and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, screened in Main Competition at the 66 th Cannes International Film Festival. The Cannes screening marked the film’s world premiere.


Based on a Play by David Ives

Roman Polański’s latest project is an erotic comedy, based on a play by David Ives, who also co-wrote the script. The main protagonist of Venus in Fur is Thomas, a director looking to cast the female lead in his latest play. None of the actresses meets his requirements, and just as Thomas is about to give up, Vanda, a real hurricane of unpredictable and sexy energy, bursts into the theatre. At first she appears to possess all the faults that annoy Thomas; she is bold, crass, desperate, and unprepared. After Thomas reluctantly agrees to give her a chance, Vanda undergoes a spectacular transformation, and the director soon falls for her completely.

International Co-Production Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Venus in Fur was made in co-production between France and Poland. The film was produced by R.P. Productions, and the Polish co-producer and distributor is Monolith Films. This is also Roman Polański’s second film to be co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The lead roles were played by Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Seigner. Venus in Fur was lensed by Polish cinematographer Paweł Edelman and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. World sales are handled by Lionsgate.