Marie Curie enters production
by Birgit Heidsiek
- French writer-director Marie Noëlle is bringing the life of the famous two-time Nobel Prize winner to the big screen
Renowned Polish actress Karolina Gruszka (All About My Parents [+see also:
film profile], 3 Seasons in Hell [+see also:
film profile]) stars as two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie in the historical drama that French writer-director Marie Noëlle (Ludwig II [+see also:
film profile], The Anarchist’s Wife [+see also:
film profile]) is currently shooting in the Polish city of Krakow. As the first woman ever to be presented with the award, the talented scientist won the most prestigious medal in physics in 1903, together with her husband.
Noëlle has assembled a star-studded cast for this fascinating female portrait co-written by Andrea Stoll. Curie’s husband Pierre is played by Charles Berling (Ridicule), while André Wilms (Le Havre [+see also:
interview: Aki Kaurismäki
film profile]) takes on the role of her father and Arieh Worthalter stars as her secret lover. Further cast members include Samuel Finzi (Kokowääh [+see also:
film profile]), Daniel Olbrychski (The Tin Drum, Salt) and Sabin Tambrea (Ludwig II, Naked Among Wolves).
After the Curie couple is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, Pierre dies in a tragic accident. Left alone with two children, Marie, now in her mid-thirties, sticks to her scientific studies in a male-dominated world. She is the first woman to receive a professorship at the Sorbonne in Paris. When she falls in love with a married scientist and strikes up an affair with him, his jealous wife makes the relationship public at the same time as her Nobel Prize in Chemistry is announced. Instead of enjoying the fame she has earned for her brilliant research work, she is defamed as an adulteress.
Marie Curie is produced by Munich-based P’Artisan Filmproduktion, which Marie Noëlle founded with her late partner, Peter Sehr. The co-production partners are Bayerischer Rundfunk, Glory Film, Pokromski Studio and the French company Sépia Production. The promising project has received production support from the FFF, the German Federal Film Fund, MEDIA, the Mini Traité, the German-Polish Co-Development Fund and the Polish Film Institute.
At the end of June, the Marie Curie crew will move to Berlin, Brandenburg, Bavaria and finally to Paris, where the film is due to wrap at the beginning of August. In Germany, NFP Marketing & Distribution will release the movie in 2016.