Lidice, a Czech-Polish war drama from director Alice Nellis, will begin shooting at the end of November, producer Adam Dvořák, head of production/distribution company Bioscop (www.bioscop.cz), announced.
Filming will continue in February, with a four-season shoot planned.
The screenplay by Czech historian Zdeněk Mahler, is based on the massacre in the Czech village of Lidice that was exterminated and burnt by Nazis in retaliation for the assasination of Reinhard Heydrich in June 1942.
The cast includes Karel Roden, Ivan Trojan, Zuzana Bydžovská, Martha Issová and Václav Jiráček, who played the lead in Jánošík, The Polish/Slovak/Czech/Hungarian coproduction by directors Agniezska Holland and Kasia Adamek.
Lidice had an extraordinary long pre-production, due to the complicated one year shooting plan and budget of more than CZK 70 million ( 2,6 million euros) for the World War II set. One third of the amount, a record CZK 20 million (770,000 euros) grant was provided by the Czech State Fund for Cinematography.
Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz) is co-producing and the Czech Ministry of Defence (www.army.cz), is providing historical weapons and army materials.
Polish producer Dariusz Jablonski and Apple Film ( www.applefilm.pl) are co-producing.
Lidice should be released in late 2010.
Produccer: Adam Dvořák
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