We were very excited this time last year when the news about I, Anna was released. The film is an adaptation of Elsa Lewin’s novel, a story about a femme fatale who falls for the detective in charge of a murder case in which she is the main suspect.
Whatever writer and director Barnaby Southcombe presented at the Berlinale Co-Production Market last year certainly piqued the interest of lots of people. Now we are thrilled to learn that shooting has begun on this film. The intervening time seems to have passed in a flash!
Reports surfaced last week via Twitter that Gabriel Byrne, Charlotte Rampling, Ralph Brown, and Eddie Marsan were in London doing read-throughs of the script for this neo-noir thriller. Mr. Brown was the primary tweeter, but he has gone silent now. Well, he actually tweets a lot (especially about events in Egypt, which is fantastic–he is practically his own news agency on Twitter as he re-tweets people on the scene!). Mr. Brown and Mr. Byrne were last on the screen together in Dark Obsession (AKA Diamond Skulls) back in 1988.
At any rate, word is that actual filming began on January 28, in London. The shoot is scheduled for six weeks and filming will finish up in Hamburg. The cast is rounding out to include Honor Blackman and Jodhi May. Producers are Embargo Films and their European partners.
To help bring this project to reality are Bavaria Film International, responsible for international sales, and Artificial Eye, which will release the film in the UK.
According to Thorsten Ritter, Head of Bavaria Film International:
I am thrilled to be working with such a stellar cast and passionate team. I was truly hooked from the moment I started to read the intense and elegant script. Barnaby and producers Felix Vossen and Chris Simon are hugely dedicated to turning the project into a commercial yet resonant and truthful film that gets deep under your skin. I, Anna was one of the hottest projects at last year’s Berlinale Co-Production Market and I’m excited to be actively pre-selling it at the EFM (European Film Market) only a year later,” he added.
Needless to say, we cannot wait. But we will!