PRODUCTION: Karolina Bielawska in Development with Violetta Villas Biopic

    Violetta and The Woodpecker by Karolina Bielawska Violetta and The Woodpecker by Karolina Bielawska photo: Lava Films

    WARSAW: After five years of working on the project, director Karolina Bielawska moves into development with her debut feature, a biopic inspired by the life of iconic Polish singer Violetta Villas. The working title is Violetta and the Woodpecker.

    Karolina Bielawska wanted to make a film about Violetta Villas (1938 - 2011) since 2016, but had to wait for the approval of the family, who collaborated on the script. The film was initially planned to be produced by Munk Studio but then moved to Lava Films, which received development support from the Polish Film Institute. The casting and development process has been launched anew. Lava Films, recognised internationally for titles like Never Gonna Snow Again by Małgorzata Szumowska and Sweat by Magnus von Horn, is an independent film production company collaborating with aspiring and established filmmakers from Poland and abroad.
    The script co-written by Bielawska and Małgorzata Gospodarek will showcase the life of Violetta Villas from the perspective of her son. The artist's story "is too interesting and universal to make it shallow, to tell only about her clothes and romances," commented the director Karolina Bielawska.
    It has not yet been announced who will play the lead and the director only said that it will be a musical actress, the premiere date has not yet been confirmed.

    Production Information:

    Lava Films (Poland)
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    Director: Karolina Bielawska
    Screenwriters: Karolina Bielawska, Małgorzata Gospodarek