Filming of the Marie Curie biopic commenced yesterday at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Marie Curie, photo by Grzegorz Hartfiel

A Film About an Extraordinary Woman

“Marie Curie is the first such intimate portrait of this extraordinary woman. It will be the story of her joys and sorrows, her moments of triumph and failure not only in the world of science, but most importantly in her personal life. That is the angle we want to focus on to portray the previously unknown face of our protagonist,” says producer Mikołaj Pokromski about the film.

“My goal is to show the previously unknown human dimension of Marie Curie to the audiences. After seeing this movie, I would like us to remember Marie Curie not only as an iconic woman in the world of science or a Polish woman renowned around the world, but most importantly as an inspiring and strong woman, an exceptional individual on multiple levels; someone worthy of our admiration and in whose suit we would be well off to follow,” says director Marie Noëlle.

Marie Curie, photo by Grzegorz Hartfiel

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Marie Curie is produced by Pokromski Studio, which previously produced the acclaimed documentary Fuck For Forest (2012) and the Polish-German co-production Zimowy ojciec (Wintervater; 2011). The film is co-produced by P’Artisan Filmproduktion (Germany) and Sepia Production (France) and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

International Co-Production

Marie Curie is an international co-production, directed by Marie Noëlle (France) and lensed by Michał Englert (Poland). Other key talent include production designer Eduard Krajewski (Germany), costume designers Cristobal Pidre and Florence Scholtes (Belgium), make-up artists Waldemar Pokromski and Mira Wojtczak (Poland), and composer Bruno Coulais (France). The film features performances by a number of Polish actors. Marie Skłodowska-Curie is played by Karolina Gruszka, with supporting performances by Izabela Kuna as Bronisława Skłodowska, Marie Curie’s sister, Piotr Głowacki as Albert Einstein, and Daniel Olbrychski as Emile Amagat – one of Marie’s most vehement opponents. The cast also includes a number of thespians from France, including André Wilms (Le Havre) and Charles Berling [March of the Penguins, It Boy (20 ans d’écart)], and from Germany — Sabin Tambrea (Ludwig II) and Samuel Finzi (Flemming).

Marie Curie, photo by Grzegorz Hartfiel

Filming in Poland and Abroad

The principal photography period will run from May through July, with filming set to take place in Paris, Brussels, Munich, Łódź, Krakow, and Łeba. The Polish shoot is scheduled to last approximately 20 days.

Theatrical Premiere in 2016

Distribution in Poland is handled by Kino Świat. The distributor has developed a promotional campaign based that incorporates the Film Education programme. Marie Curie is set for a theatrical release in 2016.

Based on the press release

Translated by Karolina Kołtun