MONTREAL, June 16, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - Telefilm Canada is pleased to
announce that it has invested $2.7 million through its Canada Feature Film Fund into David Cronenberg's (Eastern Promises) latest film Cosmopolis, for which principal photography recently began. The feature is adapted
from Don DeLillo's novel of the same name and stars Robert Pattinson (Water For Elephants, The Twilight Saga). The 40-day shoot on location and in studio will run through mid-July
"David Cronenberg is the definitive Canadian artist, who despite
receiving many tempting offers to move to Hollywood, has remained in
Canada to practice his craft," said Carolle Brabant, Telefilm Executive Director. "Since his early years in the 70s as a
visionary horror film director, Telefilm has been a proud supporter of
this edgy auteur who constantly eyes new challenges, while all the
while creating films that connect with mainstream audiences worldwide."
David Cronenberg added: "Telefilm has made my career in Canada possible.
Their continuous support of my work since my early days as a filmmaker
has allowed me to remain and work at home."
Cosmopolis is produced by Martin Katz (Hotel Rwanda) of Toronto-based Prospero Pictures and Paulo Branco (Mysteries of Lisbon) through Paris-based Alfama Films Production as a Canada-France
Cosmopolis is a contemporary thriller about a young billionaire asset manager on a
twenty-four hour odyssey across Manhattan. Despite traffic jams and a
looming financial disaster, Eric Packer (Pattinson) risks traveling
cross-town in his stretch limousine for a haircut. During delays
including a presidential motorcade, a celebrity funeral, and political
protests, Eric receives visitors, both for business and pleasure, in
his opulent, high-tech automobile. As the encounters and the economic
crisis intensify, Packer cynically gambles with his clients' fortunes
and his own. The stakes are enormous, and in the hours that pass,
Packer's limousine and life veer toward the end of an era.
Rounding out the all-star international cast are Academy Award-winner Juliette Binoche (Chocolat), Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti (Barney's Version), Academy Award-nominee Samantha Morton (In America), Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method), Mathieu Amalric (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) and Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, The Trotsky).
About Telefilm Canada
Telefilm Canada is a federal cultural agency dedicated to developing and
promoting the Canadian audiovisual industry. Telefilm provides
financial support to the private sector to create distinctively
Canadian products that appeal to domestic and international audiences.
Telefilm also administers the Canada Media Fund. Visit www.telefilm.gc.ca.
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