Whether the constricting apartment life featured in Repulsion and The Tenant or a sailboat harboring three conflicted people with Knife in the Water, director Roman Polanski brings a sense of social and physical claustrophobia in much of his work.
That aesthetic may be initially assumed for Venus In Fur, which is based on the Tony award winning play by David Ives. The Paris set picture, which recently made its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, centers on the verbal sparring match between a writer/director (Mathieu Almaric) and a brazen actress named Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner, who’s Polanski’s wife and star of his 1992 picture Bitter Moon).
Mr. Polanski claims that even though the film is a two-hander, he wanted to give the film more of an open space than some of his previous pieces. Click on the media bar to hear Polanski talk about the creative style behind his latest film:
Venus in Fur’s U.S. rights were snapped up this week by Sundance Selects.
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