Cannes: 'Ida' Screenwriter, Bulgarian Director Team for Coming-of-Age Story

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Rebecca Lenkiewicz

Sales start in Cannes for 'I Want To Be Like You' by Rebecca Lenkiewicz and New York-based artist and director Konstantin Bojanov.

British screenwriter Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who co-wrote the screenplay for Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski's Oscar-winning Ida, has teamed with New York-based Bulgarian artist and director Konstantin Bojanov for coming-of-age movie I Want To Be Like You.

In her first project since Ida, Lenkiewicz wrote with Bojanov the story of a young artist struggling to discover his own identity and talents.

Bojanov, who divides his time between Berlin and New York, where he also works as an art fabricator helping U.S. artists, will begin shooting in July on location in Copenhagen, Denmark, British industrial city Birmingham and Belgium.

The plot centers on Pawel, a second-generation immigrant living with his mother in Birmingham, who resists pressure to go back to Bulgaria for the summer holidays and takes off on the road to find his hero, legendary French painter Arnaud (a fictional character).

The young cast of the film is led by up-and-coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Pawel) who first came to industry attention in Yann Demmange’s ’71. The film also features Danish actor Thure Lindhardt (Fast & Furious 6). French actress Solene Rigot (Puppylove) takes the female lead. Austrian actor Klaus Maria Brandauer plays Arnaud.

Producer Mike Downey of London's Film and Music Entertainment told The Hollywood Reporter that the film was "a story of a young man who wants to become someone else, but needs to be himself."

Downey added that Bojanov, whose first feature Ave was selected for the Critics' Week in Cannes in 2011, was "one of the most creative and passionate artists I know. He’s a natural storyteller, and that connects back up to his origins as a visual artist."

To be shot on a budget of $2.25 million, the film is a production partnership between Toolbox Film in Copenhagen, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm. It has presold to 41 Shadows in Denmark with presale deals in the U.K., Bulgaria and Benelux pending, Downey said.

Madrid-based Latido Films will be in Cannes to present the film to buyers.