Redgrave, Ganz and Irons board August's Night Train to Lisbon, departure March
by Jorn Rossing Jensen
UK actress Vanessa Redgrave (pictured) and Swiss actor Bruno Ganz will join the all-star cast of Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Christopher Lee and Lena Olin for Danish Oscar-winning director Bille August's 'existential thriller' Night Train to Lisbon [+see also:
film profile], it was announced yesterday (October 18) by Munich-based K5 International, which handles international sales with PalmStar Media Capital and Efish Entertainment.
Scripted by Ulrich Hermann and Greg Latter from Swiss novelist Pascal Mercier's bestseller, the depiction of a Swiss professor's voyage in time and space searching for a Portuguese writer will begin principal photography next March for Germany's Studio Hamburg FilmProduktion and Switzerland's C-Films, Germany's C-Films, TMG-Tele München Group, and Portugal's Cinemate.
Irons is the professor who accidentally stumbles upon a book by a Portugese author, which makes him abandon his lectures and rather boring life, to embark on an adventure to find the true meaning of life. The cast also includes Martina Gedeck, August Diehl, Nicolau Breyner, Adriano Luz, José Wallenstein and Beatriz Batarda.
Produced by Michael Lehmann, Kerstin Ramcke, Günther Russ, Andreas Knoblauch, Peter Reichenbach and Benjamin Seikel, Night Train to Lisbon has already been licensed to TMG-owned Concorde Filmverleih for Germany, Frenetic Films for Switzerland and Paradiso for Benelux. PalmStar Media Capital has recently come on board to round out the financing.
Credited with Best Intentions [+see also:
film profile] (1992), House of the Spirits (1993) and Miss Smilla's Feeling for Snow (1997), August's most recent international outing was Goodbye Bafana [+see also:
film profile] (2007). Awarded an Oscar, a Golden Palm and a Golden Globe for Pelle the Conqueror, he most recently finished The Passion of Marie, about two famous Danish painters, which is to be released next August.
After Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, Redgrave will next be seen in Roland Emmerich's Anonymous. Portraying Hitler in Oliver Hirschbiegel's Downfall [+see also:
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film profile], Ganz had the male lead in Patricia Mazuy's Of Women and Horses) [+see also:
film profile]. The star of Quentin Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds [+see also:
film profile] and Mike Mill's Beginners, Laurent also toplines Jennifer Devoldère's Et soudain, tout le monde me manque.