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Venus in Fur

La Vénus à la Fourrure

Vanda begs playwright-director Thomas for an audition, and his acceptance sparks a battle of wits and wiles in this adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch’s 19th century story of pleasure and pain.
Schedule
May 16, 2014
Friday
4:00 PM Harvard Exit Date has passed
May 17, 2014
Saturday
6:30 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed

Polanski's latest is an adaptation of a contemporary stage version of Sacher-Masoch’s story by David Ives, which Polanski sets now in a theater in Paris. Thomas (superbly played by Mathieu Amalric, who resembles a young Polanski) is searching for an actress to play the lead role in a stage version. Dripping from the rain and late for the audition, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski’s actual wife) stumbles into the theater just as the director is getting ready to leave. It’s a coincidence that her name is Vanda, just like in the novella—or is it? Mesmerized by Vanda’s performance, Thomas forgets about leaving. Vanda’s no flaky dame, more like a skilled manipulator who has the play’s dialogue memorized and makes postmodern, feminist commentary about the 19th-century writing. She hypnotizes the director with her sharp-tongued bravado and strength. Stage-bound as the action might be, the two veteran actors’ chemistry and the sure hand of a master director keep the playful power struggle sharp, dynamic, and entertaining.

Director Biography

Revered Polish director Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933. Since his debut feature film, Knife in the Water (1962), he has gone on to win numerous awards around the world, including the Golden Globe for Best Direction for Chinatown (1974) and the Academy Award® for Best Director in 2002 for The Pianist.

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Director: Roman Polanski
Principal Cast: Emmanuelle Seigner, Mathieu Amalric
Country: France
Year: 2013
Running Time: 96 minutes
Producer: Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde
Screenplay: David Ives, Roman Polanski
Cinematographers: Pawel Edelman
Editors: Hervé de Luze, Margot Meynier
Music: Alexandre Desplat
Website: Official Film Website
Awards: Lumiere Awards 2014 (Best Screenplay) ,Cesar Awards 2013 (Best Director)
Filmography: Carnage (2011); The Ghost Writer (2010); Oliver Twist (2005); The Pianist (2002); The Ninth Gate (1999); Death and the Maiden (1994); Bitter Moon (1992); Frantic (1988); Pirates (1986); Tess (1979); The Tenant (1976); Chinatown (1974); What? (1973); Macbeth (1972); Rosemary’s Baby (1968); The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966); Cul-de-Sac (1966); Repulsion (1965); Knife in the Water (1962)
Language: French
Subtitles: Yes
Format: DCP
US Distributor: Sundance Selects
International Sales: Lionsgate
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