The upcoming film adaptation of David Ives’ Venus in Fur will be among the competing films at this year’s 66th Cannes Film Festival, reports Deadline.com.
Polanski’s screen adaptation of the 2011 drama, which won star Nina Arianda a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play, is among the 19 films currently on the competition slate for Cannes, beating out over 1,800 other submissions to earn a spot in the festival.
Venus in Fur tells the story of an aspiring actress’s audition for a writer/director’s new play, an encounter fueled by sex, passion, mystery and an ever-shifting balance of power. The play opened on Broadway on November 8, 2011 and starred Arianda as enigmatic actress Vanda and Hugh Dancy as the frustrated director Thomas.
Polanski’s film adaptation—performed in French—will star Mathieu Amalric and Polanski’s wife Emmanuelle Seigner in the leading roles, with a screenplay by Polanski and Ives.
The festival begins on May 15 and runs through May 26.