Aneurin Barnard Dar Zuzovsky

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Aneurin Barnard, Dar Zuzovsky

UK actor Aneurin Barnard, whose credits include TV series Peaky Blinders and Dunkirk, and Israel’s Dar Zuzovsky have joined the cast of Dutch director Michiel Van Erp’s costume drama A Beautiful Imperfection, about Casanova and the woman with whom he falls in love.

Barnard is set to play Casanova’s brother Barrnard while Zuzovsky has been cast as Maria, the woman with whom Giacomo Casanova (the more famous of the Casanova brothers) is played by Jonah Hauer-King.

The film is based on the novel In Lucia’s Eyes by Arthur Japin and tells the story of the love affair between Casanova and a courtesan who becomes disfigured by smallpox and flees Italy for Amsterdam.

The €5.5 million English-language feature started shooting last month in the Netherlands and Italy. The producer is Maarten Swart of Kaap Holland Film, with Eyeworks Film & TV Drama and Italy’s Kino Produzioni. Backers are the Netherlands Film Fund, Flanders’s Audiovisual Fund (VAF), CoBo Fund and broadcaster AVROTROS. Dutch distributor/producer Dutch FilmWorks also recently came aboard the project. 

Further cast members include Sam Hazeldine, Ruth Becquart, Jonah Hauer-King, Gaia Bermani Amaral, Riccardo Gamba and Maarten Heijmans.