PRAGUE: Polish director Agnieszka Holland began filming the Czech/Irish/Polish/Slovak coproduction Charlatan in the Czech Republic on 1 April 2019. Filming will continue throughout the months of April and June in Central Bohemia.
The biopic is inspired by the real life story of a controversial healer and herbalist played by six-time Czech Lion winner Ivan Trojan, and spans 40 years of the healer’s life. The screenplay was written by Marek Epstein.
The lead production company is Marlene Film Production, a young production company founded in 2014 by Šárka Cimbalová, with Cimbalova and Kevan Van Thompson as producers. Film & Music Entertainment (F.&.M.E.) is coproducing through its Irish office. The Slovak coproducer is Livia Filusova of Furia Film and the Polish coproducer is Klaudia Śmieja of Madants. The film has a budget of 3 m EUR, and received its initial development funding from the Czech State Cinematography Fund and was selected for the Berlinale Coproduction Market in 2017. The film received 110,000 EUR from the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.
The Czech distributor is CinemArt and the foreign distributor is Films Boutique. The premiere is scheduled for 20 February 2020.
Producer:Marlene Film Production (Czech Republic)
Coproducers:Film & Music Entertainment (Ireland)Madants (Poland) Furia Film (Slovakia)Czech Television (Czech Republic)RTVS (Slovakia)Barrandov Studio (Czech Republic)
Credits:Directed by Agnieszka HollandScript by Marek EpsteinDoP: Martin StrbaSet: Milan BýčekCostumes: Katarína Štrbová BielikováEditing: Pavel HrdličkaMusic: Antoni Lazarkiewicz.Cast: Ondrej Trojan, Miroslav Hanuš, Josef Trojan, Frantisek Trojan, Juraj Loj, Václav Kopta, Jan Budař, Jan Vlasák, Otmar Brancuzský, Tomáš Jeřábek, Martin Myšička, Jaroslava Pokorná, Pavlína Štorková.