There are not many people in my RwL (Real working Life) who know about my weakness for Richard, but those who do, have been put on high alert by me – and first news are in. Warner Bros. Germany (through their PR agency) have just released the official confirmation that My Zoe started filming last week. Here is the German press release – I am attaching a quick translation at the end.
Shooting starts on Julie Delpy’s MY ZOE
CAST: Julie Delpy, Richard Armitage, Daniel Brühl, Gemma Arterton, Sophia Ally, Saleh Bakri, Lindsay Duncan, Jördis Triebel, Nicolette Krebitz, Nina Kunzendorf, Laura Wilkinson and others.
DIRECTION & SCRIPT: Julie Delpy
PRODUCER: Malte Grunert (Amusement Park)
CO PRODUCERS: Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany, Gabrielle Tana (Baby Cow Films), Andrew Levitas (Metalwork Pictures), Hubert Caillard & Dominique Boutonnat (Electrik Films)
Theatrical release in 2019 distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Berlin, May 30, 2018 – Filming has started last week in Berlin of Julie Delpy’s new movie project MY ZOE. The exceptional, two-time Oscar®-nominated artist wrote both the screenplay, and is also directing and playing the female lead. Filming will continue until the beginning of August in Berlin and surroundings as well as in Moscow. In addition to Julie Delpy, an impressive international and national cast of stars has been signed up: Richard Armitage (THE HOBBIT trilogy, OCEAN’S 8, “Hannibal”), Daniel Brühl (INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, RUSH) and Gemma Arterton (THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, THE ESCAPE) are playing lead roles. They are assisted by Tony® Award winner Lindsay Duncan (BIRDMAN), Saleh Bakri (THE TIME THAT REMAINS) and newcomer Sophia Ally and the German actresses Jördis Triebel (“Dark”, WESTEN), Nicolette Krebitz (DRAUSSEN IST SOMMER, WILD), Nina Kunzendorf (DIE FRAU IN GOLD), Luise Helm (KÄNIGSKINDER, HARTE JUNGS) and Laura Wilkinson (“Carlos – the Jackal”).
In MY ZOE, Julie Delpy plays Isabelle, a newly divorced mother who, after a difficult breakup, is forced to communicate with her ex-husband (Richard Armitage) about the shared custody of her daughter Zoe (Sophia Ally) while trying to maintain her career as a renowned scientist. When a sudden tragedy puts even more pressure on the already fractured family, Isabelle takes an unexpected and shocking decision … MY ZOE confronts the audience in a fascinating and ruthless way with the question of how far a mother might be willing to go out of love for her child – regardless of pushback from outside the family, or her own fear of further tragedy in her life.
Screenwriter and director Delpy has been working on the basics of a story on the unconditional love of parents for their children for 20 years: For MY ZOE she captured the core of a story focussing on parents who are prepared to pay any price for their child after a devastating stroke of fate. The film is gripping drama that will keep the audience reflecting for a long time after the end of the movie.
Julie Delpy is known to a wide international audience for her starring role in the BEFORE SUNRISE trilogy, which included her writing credits and was rewarded with an Oscar® nomination for BEFORE SUNSET and BEFORE MIDNIGHT. She also wrote scripts and directed The Countess, 2 Days in New York and LOLO T.
MY ZOE is produced by Malte Grunert for Amusement Park, his production company founded together with partner Daniel Brühl in Berlin, as well as Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany and Gabrielle Tana, who in 2014 directed Stephen Frears’ drama PHILOMENA which was nominated for the Oscar® in the Best Motion Picture of the Year category. US producer and director Andrew Levitas (LULLABY) is also involved in the international financing of the film , acting as producer through his production company Metalwork Pictures. Electrik Films’ Hubert Caillard and Dominique Boutonnat are co-producers.
The film is supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein and the German Film Fund (DFFF).
The German distributor is Warner Bros. Pictures. The theatrical release is scheduled for 2019.
(Pink highlights my own.)
Update: They have just put the release online, too: (in German) Unfortunately no pics of RA yet.
BUT: this sounds interesting. I loved the Before Sunrise trilogy and look forward to what Delpy has written. I hope that the role of husband and father gives RA a little bit more scope than the last time he played daddy (in Brain on Fire). Sounds as if we can’t expect any romantic coochie-coo, but if there is drama, there is at least opportunity for RA to stretch his acting chops again, especially as he gets top bill after Delpy and can be assumed to be much in the picture as the father of “Zoe”.
Also: filming in Berlin (and Moscow) until beginning of August – lucky RA, a summer in Berlin again, combined with walking in Lucas’ footsteps in Moscow. Sounds like a nice summer job…