Serendipity Point Films announces start of principal photography on Fugitive Pieces

Producer Robert Lantos announced that shooting begins today on the drama, Fugitive Pieces. The film is adapted and will be directed by Jeremy Podeswa. Stephen Dillane, Rosamund Pike, Ayelet Zurer, Rade Sherbedgia, Ed Stoppard, Rachelle Lefevre, and newcomers Nina Dobrev and Robert Kay will star. Filming will take place in Toronto, Canada and the islands of Hydra and Lesbos in Greece with production wrapping June 20, 2006.

Fugitive Pieces, based on the critically acclaimed and international best-seller by Anne Michaels, is about Jakob, a Jewish-Polish boy who witnesses the massacre of his family in the Second World War. He is found and saved by a Greek archeologist, Athos, who smuggles the boy to his island home in Greece where he raises him as his son. The two ultimately move to Toronto where Jakob, now an adult with a traumatized heart, is at last healed by a woman’s love.

“It is almost unbelievable to me that we are actually beginning principal photography after all this time in development. It is a small miracle that we have managed to pull together the resources to make it,” said Podeswa.

“To finally be able to bring Anne Michaels’ lyrical and powerfully moving novel to the screen is tremendously gratifying,” said Lantos.

Podeswa wrote and directed the critically acclaimed feature films The Five Senses and Eclipse. He has recently been very active as a television director, including episodes of Six Feet Under, Rome, Carnivale, Commander-in-Chief, The L Word, and the mini-series Into The West.

Stephen Dillane is a Tony award winning stage actor (The Real Thing) and has appeared in such films as The Hours, Welcome to Sarajevo, and King Arthur. Rosamund Pike, who made a strong impression last year as Jane Bennet in Pride and Prejudice, also starred opposite Johnny Depp in The Libertine and starred opposite Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry in Die Another Day. Pike is currently in production on Fracture with Anthony Hopkins and Ryan Gosling. Ayelet Zurer is one of Israel’s leading actresses, winning an Israeli Film Academy Award for her role in Nina’s Tragedies and receiving nominations for her roles in Rutenberg, Dream Square and Dybbuk From the Holy Apple Field. Zurer’s first English language film was Steven Spielberg’s Munich, in which she co-starred with Eric Bana and Geoffrey Rush. Rade Sherbedgia is a distinguished ex-Yugoslavian actor who has starred in many films in his home country, such as Milcho Manchevski’s Before The Rain, for which he won the Venice Film Festival Pasinetti Award. Sherbedgia has appeared in several English language films including Phillip Noyce’s The Quiet American, Guy Ritchie’s Snatch, and Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut. Ed Stoppard appeared in Roman Polanski’s The Pianist and Rachel Lefevre can be seen in the upcoming feature River King.

Producer Robert Lantos’ most recent credits include Where the Truth Lies, the Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominated Being Julia, the box office hit Men With Brooms, Genie Best Picture winner Ararat, Golden Globe nominated Sunshine, two-time Academy Award nominated The Sweet Hereafter, and Genie Best Picture winner Black Robe.

Fugitive Pieces is co-produced by Sandra Cunningham, Takis Veremis and Dionyssis Samiotis. Executive Producers are Andras Hamori and Christina Ford and co-producer is Julia Rosenberg.