Keira Knightley has joined the voice cast on animation and Toronto selection Charlotte, which Sierra/Affinity has come on board to represent for world sales.
Knightley joins Brenda Blethyn, Jim Broadbent, Sam Claflin, Henry Czerny, Eddie Marsan, the late Helen McCrory, Sophie Okonedo, and Mark Strong on the Canada-France-Belgium co-production about Charlotte Salomon, a German-Jewish artist who comes of age on the eve of the Second World War and creates a timeless masterpiece.
The French version of the animated drama will feature the voices of Marion Cotillard and Romain Duris. Eric Warin and Tahir Rana direct from a screenplay by Erik Rutherford and David Bezmozgis inspired by Salomon’s autobiographical painting series Life? Or Theatre?
Elevation will release Charlotte in English-speaking Canada, while MK2 Mile End is distributing in Quebec, The Searchers in Benelux, and Diaphana in France.
Julia Rosenberg of January Films produces with Jérôme Dopffer, Eric Goossens, Anton Roebbens; Knightley and Cotillard are executive producers alongside Morgan Emmery, Jean-Charles Levy, Cédric Iland, Bastien Sirodot, Robert Lantos, Jim Sternberg, Joe Iacono, Mark Musselman Nancy Grant, and Xavier Dolan.
Charlotte is a January Films, Les Productions Balthazar and Walking The Dog production in association with Telefilm Canada, Trinity Media Financing, Umedia, Serendipity Point Films, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Eurimages, Crave, CBC Films, Ontario Creates, Screen Flanders, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Flanders Audiovisual Fund, and Sons of Manual.