The president of AtlanticAlliance Pictures said yesterday (26) that filming on the upcoming Holocaust drama LoveIs A Survivor will go ahead despitethe corruption conviction of co-production and funding partnerHeritage Films' Lew Rywin.
Rywin, who served asexecutive producer on The Pianist, co-produceron Schindler's List and producer(Poland unit) on Proof Of Life,was sentenced yesterday to two-and-a-half years in prison by a Warsaw court after he wasfound guilty of attempting to bribe a newspaper editor in return for promotingchanges to the country's media laws. He remains free pending an appeal.
However Harris Salomon, whoformed Atlantic Alliance with Matt Salzberg of New York-based Golden FriedProductions and A Sirokh A of Sirokh Films in London, said he supported Rywin,adding that filming on the $6m Love Is A Survivor remained on course to begin in Poland in September.
"We still stand behind Lewas our production partner," Salomon told Screendaily. "Funding is in place andit is solid. I have not spoken to Lew but we have full faith in him andregardless of what happens he is a part of this team and I am sure everythingis positive."
Salomon refused to be drawnon details but stressed the shoot was ready to take place. Roughly 90% of thestory is scheduled to shoot in Poland with the remainder in New York.
Based on Herman Rosenblat'smemoirs A Will To Survive, thestory centres on two Holocaust survivors who fall in love and meet up yearslater on a blind date in New York.
Nicholas Hoult (About ABoy), Tony Curtis and MaiaMorgenstern (The Passion Of The Christ) are set to star and Philip Saville (The Gospel Of John) will direct based on Matt Salzberg's screenplay.
Rywin's high-profile trialis one of several corruption cases that have rocked Poland in recent years anddented the popularity of Leftist Prime Minister Leszek Miller.
Miller denied involvement inthe case and was cleared by the court of any wrongdoing, nonetheless accordingto reports he announced he will resign after Poland joins the European Unionthis weekend.