Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda began filming this week on a new feature, Tatarak.
Producers told ScreenDaily.com that filming began on location in Grudziadz in northern Poland and will continue until the end of September.
Wajda and Polish author Olga Tokarczuk have adapted the script from a novel by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz and from a story by Hungarian author Sandor Marai. Iwaszkiewicz's stories were also the source of Wajda's The Birch Wood and The Maids Of Wilko.
Producers are not discussing the plot, but the Polish press reports the Polish-language film will tell the story of a love affair between an older woman and a younger man.
The lead role in the film is played by Krystyna Janda, who won aPalme d'Orin 1990 for her performance in Ryszard Bugajski's Interrogation. She also starred opposite Klaus Maria Brandauer in Istvan Szabo's 1981 Oscar-winning film, Mephisto.
The cast also includes veteran actors Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieslak and Jan Englert (Katyn) as well as rising star Leslaw Zurek (It's A Free World..., Warsaw Dark) and US actor Pawel Szajda, who appeared in Under The Tuscan Sun and in HBO mini-series Generation Kill.
The project reunites Wajda with Katyn producer Michal Kwiecinski of Akson Studio. Akson has launched production without a confirmation of support from the Polish Film Institute and public broadcaster Telewizja Polska (TVP).
DOP Pawl Edelman shot Katyn for Wajda and Ray for Taylor Hackford. His work on Roman Polanski's The Pianist earned him an Oscar and a BAFTA nominations as well as a Cesar and a European Film Award.
Edelman will shoot in HD with a Panavision Genesis camera, which is being used for the first time in a Polish film production.