Keira Knightley will lend her voice to Charlotte. The two-time Oscar nominee will lead the voice cast of the animated drama that will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival(TIFF) scheduled to happen in September.
Charlotte is inspired by the true story of Charlotte Salomon, a German-Jewish artist who defied insurmountable challenges to make a timeless masterpiece. In the title, Charlotte dreams of becoming an artist, and her love celebrates her talent, making her resolve strongly to pursue her passion.
Unfortunately, there are so many changes around her that she is left with fewer options limiting and derailing her dream. When a violent mob rises, she decides to move from Berlin to France. While there, she begins to paint and finds new love. Driven by the belief that only the extraordinary can save her from chaos, she tells her life story in a painting series, “Life? or Theatre?”.
Keira Knightley, who will be voicing Charlotte, has been in other animation titles like Robbie the Reindeer in Close Encounters of the Herd Kind (2007). The 36-year-old actress joins Oscar nominee Brenda Blethyn, Henry Czerny, Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Sam Claflin, Oscar-nominee Sophie Okonedo, Eddie Marsan, Helen McCrory (who passed away in April), and Mark Strong. Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard and Romain Duris will lead the French-language cast.
Charlotte is a production of Canada’s January Films, Walking The Dog (Belgium), and Les Productions Balthazar (France). The three will be collaborating with Trinity Media Financing, Telefilm Canada, Centre National du Cinéma et de l’Image Animée, Eurimages, Serendipity Point Films, Umedia, CBC Films, Crave, Screen Flanders, Ontario Creates, Région Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Sons of Manual, and Flanders Audiovisual Fund.
The film is authored by Erik Rutherford and David Bezmozgis and produced by Julia Rosenberg, with Jérôme Dopffer, Anton Roebben, and Eric Goossens. Keira Knightley, Cotillard, Morgan Emmery, Bastien Sirodot, Jean-Charles Levy, Cédric Iland, Robert Lantos, Jim Sternberg, Mark Musselman, Nancy Grant, Joe Iacono, and Xavier Dolan will be serving as executive producers. Co-producers for Charlotte include Christina Rotsaert, Thierry Dechilly, and Patrick Puzenat.
There is no doubt that Sierra/Affinity and the crew are excited to work on the title as some like Jen Gorton and Julia Rosenberg praised Charlotte Salomon’s work. “Charlotte Salomon created the graphic memoir when she painted her life story in more than one thousand words as a refugee during wartime. Her vitality and remarkable talent have been overlooked for too long. Charlotte is a display of endurance, honoring her legacy while unveiling it to the world.” January Films’ Julia Rosenberg stated.
According to Jen Gorton, Sierra/Affinity is excited to work with the cast to present the film to distributors. The Sierra/Affinity’s EVP of Production & Sales also said the company is confident that the cast and the filmmaking team will reach and touch adults globally with Charlotte.
Elevation will release the film in English-speaking Canada, while The Searchers will distribute it in Benelux, MK2 Mile End in Quebec, and Diaphana in France. Sierra/Affinity is responsible for global sales.
Whether you like art or not, this film has some great lessons for adults. If you or your loved one likes painting, you have one title to add to your movie bucket list. To learn more about incredible animated films and upcoming titles, stay tuned to this site!