Shooting commences on big-screen adaptation of Waiting for Anya
by Kaleem Aftab
- Jean Reno joins Noah Schnapp and Anjelica Huston in the Goldfinch Studios and 13 Films production
Principal photography has begun on Waiting for Anya, filming on location in Lescun, France, for five weeks. Directed by Ben Cookson (Almost Married) and adapted by Toby Torlesse from the novel of the same name by UK Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo (War Horse), Waiting for Anya is a drama set against the backdrop of the Second World War in Southern France. It follows young shepherd boy Jo, played by Stranger Things star Noah Schnapp, and his beloved grandfather, portrayed by European Film Award – Outstanding Achievement in World Cinema recipient Jean Reno (The Big Blue, Léon), and their remarkable involvement in smuggling Jewish children across the border into Spain.
Other members of the cast include Oscar-winning actress Anjelica Huston (The Grifters), Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist [+see also:
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Waiting for Anya is the second Goldfinch Studios production, following Sometimes Always Never, starring Bill Nighy, Sam Riley and Jenny Agutter. 13 Films is executive-producing and handling international sales on the project. The Los Angeles-based outfit secured a number of deals at the EFM in February, selling to pan-Asia (Fox Networks Group Asia), the Middle East (Eagle Films), Greece (Tanweer), Portugal (NOS Lusomundo), Spain, Eastern Europe, Turkey and India (SPI).
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