Thesps begin ‘Affair’

Schleppi-helmed pic adds Arquette, Nelson, Mortimer

HOLLYWOOD — David Arquette, Tim Blake Nelson and Emily Mortimer are starring in “A Foreign Affair,” a dark comedy based on the “romance tours” designed to pair lonely American men with beautiful Russian women who hope to find freedom through marriage.

Now shooting in St. Petersburg, “Affair” is the story of two brothers from the Midwest who are beside themselves when their mother dies. They decide to go to Russia to find and bring home a traditionally minded wife for the younger brother. Pic also stars Larry Pine.

The film is directed by Helmut Schleppi and written by Geert Heetebrij, who also are producing with David-Jan and Esli Bijker. The Dutch writing-directing team has a background in documentary filmmaking.

Nelson and Arquette are executive producers on the film, which is being shot during a real romance tour. Actual American would-be husbands and Russian would-be wives serve as extras and background.

The film is financed by Dutch equity company B&W and was packaged by UTA, which reps Nelson, and Lighthouse Entertainment, which manages Arquette. UTA and Lighthouse rep the film.

ICM reps both Arquette and Mortimer, while AMG manages both Nelson and Mortimer.

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