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The Venice Film Festival will host a special screening of Vanessa Redgrave’s Venice-set film The Aspern Papers in celebration of her receiving this year’s Golden Lion lifetime achievement award for acting.
The Aspern Papers is the first feature from director Julien Landais and is adapted from the novella by Henry James, which is based on the letters Percy Bysshe Shelley wrote to Mary Shelley’s stepsister Claire Clairmont.
Set in the late 19th century, the film sees Jonathan Rhys Meyers play an ambitious editor Morton Vint obsessed with the romantic poet Jeffrey Aspern.
He travels to Venice to find the poet’s muse, Juliana Bordereau (Vanessa Redgrave) who lives in a palazzo with her niece Miss Tina (Joely Richardson) and is intent on controlling the secrets of their relationship. When Morton tries to manipulate Miss Tina to get to the letters, his real motivations soon become apparent.
Poppy Delevingne, Jon Kortajarena and Lois Robbins also star, alongside Morgane Polanski, Barbara Meier, Alice Aufray, and Nicolas Hau.
Landais wrote the script with Jean Pavans and Hannah Bhuiya. Gabriela Bacher produced for Film House Germany’s Summerstorm Entertainment along with Landais for Princeps Films.
The film was executive produced by James Ivory, Charles S. Cohen, Charles-Henri de Lobkowicz, Francois Sarkozy, Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann of Film House Germany; Matthew Helderman, Luke Taylor, and Patrick Depeters of BondIt Media Capital; and Bastien Sirodot.
Adrian Politowski and Gilles Waterkeyn of Umedia and Bruno Wang served as co-executive producers. Mestiere Cinema provided production services in Venice.
Cohen Media will release the film in the U.S. with ARRI Media handling international sales.
The 75th Venice Film Festival takes place Aug. 29-Sept. 8.
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