Martin Scorsese has come on board Kornél Mundruczó’s Venice and TIFF entry Pieces Of A Woman as executive producer.
The Bron Studios film stars Vanessa Kirby (recently seen in The Crown, Fast & Furious: Hobbs And Shaw), Shia LaBeouf and Ellen Burstyn and will receive its world premiere in competition at Venice Film Festival and screen as a Gala at Toronto International Film Festival.
Pieces Of A Woman marks the first English-language feature from Cannes regular Mundruczó, who won the Un Certain Regard Prix in 2014 with White Dog, and also took Johanna, Delta Tender Son and Jupiter’s Moon to the Croisette. His debut feature Pleasant Days won the Silver Leopard in Locarno in 2002.
Kata Wéber wrote the screenplay to Pieces Of A Woman based on a shared personal experience with Mundruczó.
Kirby and LaBeouf play a Boston couple on the verge of parenthood whose lives change during a tragic home birth that results in their midwife (Molly Parker) being charged with criminal negligence. Over the following year Kirby’s character tries to make sense of what has happened. The cast includes Sarah Snook (HBO’s Succession), Iliza Schlesinger, Benny Safdie, and Jimmy Fails.
Scorsese said, “It’s lucky to see a movie that takes you by surprise. It’s a privilege to help it find the wide audience it deserves. Pieces Of A Woman for me was a deep and uniquely moving experience. I was emotionally invested in it from the first scene, and the experience only intensified as I watched, spellbound by the filmmaking and the work of a splendid cast that includes my old colleague Ellen Burstyn.
“You feel as if you’ve been dropped into the vortex of a family crisis and moral conflict with all its nuances, drawn out with care and compassion but without judgement. Kornél Mundruczó has a fluid, immersive style with the camera that makes it hard to look away, and impossible not to care.”
Mundruczó added, “When I first was contacted by Martin Scorsese after he saw Pieces Of A Woman, time stopped for a second. It is an utter privilege that someone, who has seen and experienced filmmaking inside and out, appreciates what we’ve created.”
Pieces Of A Woman is a Bron Studios presentation of A Little Lamb production in association with Creative Wealth Media and Proton Cinema.
Kevin Turen, Ashley Levinson and Aaron Ryder produced the film, and executive producers are Sam Levinson, Stuart Manashil, Viktória Petrányi, Jason Cloth, Richard McConnell, Suraj Maraboyina, Aaron L. Gilbert, and Steven Thibault.
Bron Releasing handles world sales.