Production: Kolski casting Venice

By Katarzyna Grynienko
    Polish director Jan Jakub Kolski is in casting for a young boy to play the lead in his film Venice, about an 11-year-old who builds an imaginary city in his basement to escape the reality of war.

    The movie is produced by Akson Studio (www.aksonstudio.pl), a company which recently produced Andrzej Wajda's newest film Tatarak. Since Venice had just entered pre-production stage, the full list of other investors is yet finalized.

    "The shoot will start in September, 2009. Currently, castings are being held in order to find a 12-year-old boy to play the main part of Marek," Jolanta Trykacz, producer from Akson Studio, told FNE.

    The budget of the production is 7.5 million PLN (1.7 million Euro), with 3 million PLN already committed for funding by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).

    The movie is based on a series of short novels, written by Włodzimierz Odojewski. Kolski's success with previous works such as Pornography and Jasminun are creating an aura of anticipation for his newest production.