17-05-2009

Production: Holocaust film to shoot in Romania

Written by Iulia Blaga
Glass House, the first feature of an American construction-industry businessman Mark Schmidt, started shooting in Romania May 5.

The film is produced entirely by Liberty Studios Inc (www.libertystudiosinc.net), with private financing. Romania's Castel Film Studios (www.castelfilm.ro) is providing services.

The cast includes British lead actors Mark Wingett, Tom Bacon and Jonas Armstrong, along with Romanian supporting cast members.

The film is inspired by the true story of Carl Lutz, a Swiss diplomat who helped Budapest Jews in WWII, giving them shelter in the Glass House (Üvegház), a former glass factory. In 1964 Carl Lutz became the first Swiss national named "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem.

The shooting will take 11 weeks on locations outside Bucharest and in the studio, where the Budapest street and factory are being built.

Bogdan Moncea, marketing director of Castel Film Studios, told FNE that the premiere will be probably in 2010.