Cannes: Holocaust Movie About Edith Stein in the Works

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Joshua Sinclair will write, direct and produce 'A Rose in Winter.'

Joshua Sinclair, who helmed 2007's Jump!, will write, direct and produce the biopic A Rose in Winter.

The film will center on Edith Stein, who, after years of fighting for women's rights in Germany, was murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz in 1942.

George Edde, Max Keller and Micheline Keller will produce for Keller Edde Studios, which is an investor in Hands of Stone (the Roberto Duran boxing biopic is set to premiere Monday in Cannes).

While the cast has not yet been set, director of photography Vittorio Storaro (Last Tango in Paris) and Oscar-winning composer Ennio Morricone (The Hateful Eight) have joined the project.

Stein is the first and only Jewish patron saint of Europe. Told from the perspective of Michael Rosten, a journalist in the 1960s, the story follows Stein's courageous path in which she chose not to flee from Hitler and instead entered the Catholic Church to become a nun and then challenged the Church to stand up against the Holocaust.

“This is both an extraordinary story and a remarkable screenplay that recounts the life of one of the most important heroines in Judeo-Christian history,” said Micheline Keller. “Knitting together themes of love, courage, religion, feminism and the tragedy of the Holocaust make for a wonderfully rich and exciting picture and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to market.”