CANNES — Producer Rudolf Biermann’s In Film Prods. outfit announced a three-pic slate with talent including Woody Harrelson, Agnieszka Holland and Julie Delpy.
In various stages of financing and pre-sales are “I Served the English King,” to be directed by Jan Hrebejk, whose foreign-lingo pic “Divided We Fall” was Oscar-nominated this year and picked up for the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classics.
Based on the novel by Bohumil Hrabal, the film is being co-produced with Harrelson’s Children at Play shingle.
Also on deck is “Bathory,” written and starring Julie Delpy. It’s the true story of Central European historical figure Elizabeth Bathory, known as the “Blood Countess.” She has been the subject of other films and books, but, Biermann said, “Usually they’ve linked her to vampirism and all sorts of nonsense. Julie has written a serious movie that tells this in both historical and political terms.”
The third project is “The True Story of Juraj Janosik,” another tale based on Central European history, set to be directed by Holland “after her next two commitments” according to Biermann. Janosik was known as the Robin Hood of the Bohemian region.
Biermann’s producing credits include “Sekal Has to Die” and “All My Loved Ones,” foreign-lingo Oscar entries from their respective countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.