A production about the life of Maria Skłodowska-Curie underway

14 April 2015

The Polish, German, French and Belgian co-production will be filmed in Poland with the participation of a Polish crew and filmmakers.

The film under the working title "Maria Skłodowska-Curie" tell the history of the born in Poland precursor of science and the double winner of the Nobel prize for physics and chemistry. It is a story about an ordinary woman who was forced to leave her motherland in order to fulfil her destiny and become a world-renowned scientist. The creators state that they don't aim at making a biopic but a story of amour fou – an emotional, dramatic and moving picture and a journey through time to Paris at the turn of the centuries, full of great scientific visions, unfulfilled loves, intrigues and betrayals.

The film is produced by Polish company Pokromski Studio, which participated in the production of among others the winner of many award – document "Fuck For Forest" (2012) and the Polish-German project "Winter Daughter" (2011). The co-producers of the film about the well-known Nobel prize awardee are: P’Artisan Filmproduktion (Germany), Sepia Prodiction (France) and Climax Films (Belgium). The project received financial support from the Polish Film Institute.

'The film isn't going to be yet another retrospective of the impressive life and academic achievements of Maria Skłodowska-Curie, which have been presented by many filmmakers from all over the world; it will be the first such an intimate portrait of this outstanding woman,' says Mikołaj Pokromski, the producer. 'The picture will be a tale of her sorrows and joys, moments of triumph and defeat not only in the academic sphere but above all in her private and family life. We want to show the so far unknown side of the protagonist.'

The film will be shot in the French language with Polish elements, and it will be created by an international crew: director: Marie Noelle (France), cinematography: Michał Englert (Poland), scenography: Eduard Krajewski (Germany), casting: Piotr Bartuszek (Poland), costumes: Cristobal Pidre, Florence Scholtes (Belgium), make-up: Waldemar Pokromski, Mira Wojtczak (Poland), music: Bruno Coulais (France). Polish actors will portray the protagonists, among others, Karolina Gruszka ("Kislorod," "All About My Parents") as Maria Skłodowska-Curie, Daniel Olbrychski ("The Promised Land," "Salt") as Emile Amagat – the fierce opponent of Maria and Izabela Kuna as Bronislawa Sklodowska, Maria's sister. They will be accompanied by French actors, among others, André Wilms ("Le Havre") and Charles Berling ("March of the Penguins," "It Boy"), as well as Sabin Tambrea ("Ludwig II") and Samuel Finzi (“Flemming”) from Germany.

The picture will be filmed in Paris, Brussels, Munich and Poland – in Łódź, Kraków and Łeba. The beginning of the shooting is planned for April in Belgium; the crew will move to Poland this year in mid-May. Around 20 days on the set are scheduled in Poland with Polish, German, Belgian and French crew.

The international première is planned for February 2016.