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VENUS IN FUR

by Roman Polanski

synopsis

Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas complains on the phone about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. No actress has what it takes to play his lead female character-a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic-and, it turns out, erotic-energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared-or so it seems. But when Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively-down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession...

international title: Venus in Fur
original title: La Vénus à la fourrure
country: France, Poland
sales agent: Lionsgate/US
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Roman Polanski
film run: 87'
release date: PL 08/11/2013, BE 13/11/2013, FR 13/11/2013, IT 14/11/2013, DE 21/11/2013, NL 23/01/2014
screenplay: Roman Polanski
cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
cinematography by: Paweł Edelman
film editing: Hervé de Luze, Margot Meynier
art director: Bruno Via
music: Alexandre Desplat
producer: Alain Sarde, Robert Benmussa
production: A.S. Films, RP Productions, Monolith Films
distributor: Monolith Films, Mars Films Distribution, Prokino Filmverleih Gmbh, 01 Distribution, Entertainment One - eOne Films Benelux

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main awards/selection

Cannes 2013 Official competition
Paris Cinéma 2013 
Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2013 
Hamburg Film Festival 2013 
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