Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara Join Andrzej Jakimowski's 'Blind Watching' (Berlin)

The movie marks the Polish-born director's English language debut.


BERLIN -- Brit actor Edward Hogg and Romanian born Alexandra Maria Lara, two alumni of the Shooting Stars young talent program held during the Berlinale, have joined Andrzej Jakimowski's Blind Watching.

Jakimowski's follow up to Tricks, the movie is set to roll in May and marks the Polish-born director's English language debut.

Written by Jakimowski, the script tells the story of a charismatic (and blind) spatial orientation instructor who ends up breaking teacher/student rules to help a female student rediscover the pleasures of life.

Backers said they are putting the final touches to the financing for the €2.5 million ($3.4 million) budgeted picture.

Set up as a Poland-France-Portugal co-production between ZAiR (Warsaw), KMBO (Paris), Filmes do Tejo II Multimedia (Lisbon), it is backed by the Polish Film Institute, the Center National de la Cinematographie (CNC), the Institito Do Cinema E Do Audiovisual (ICA), Canal + Cyfrowy Poland and Forum Film Distribution.

Mike Downey of U.K. production and finance banner Film and Music Entertainment co-produces.

"Jakimowski is one of those rare European film makers whose films have the ability to travel and communicate whatever the language," said Downey.