Film stud­ies mime

Cape Breton Post - - Arts/Entertainment -

Jesse Eisen­berg will play Mar­cel Marceau in “Re­sis­tance,” a film writ­ten and di­rected by Jonathan Jakubow­icz that fo­cuses on the leg­endary mime’s in­volve­ment in the French re­sis­tance dur­ing World War II.

“The story of Marceau and the re­sis­tance is one of the most strik­ing se­crets of World War II,” Jakubow­icz told the As­so­ci­ated Press on Fri­day in an email. “From the big­gest hor­ror rises the most el­e­vated art to save the lives of or­phan chil­dren. I knew I had to do even the im­pos­si­ble to tell this the very mo­ment I heard of it.”

The Venezue­lan film­maker, whose movie “Hands of Stone” premiered last year at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val, said he started do­ing re­search and writ­ing the script last year, when he first spoke with Bap­tiste Marceau, the mime’s old­est son, who will serve as an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

Shoot­ing would be­gin early 2018 and Jakubow­icz is al­ready work­ing with Eisen­berg, whom he called “an act­ing ge­nius.” Coin­ci­den­tally, the ac­tor’s mother also worked as a pro­fes­sional clown.

Marceau learned to mime to sur­vive and save the lives of Jewish or­phans whose par­ents were killed by the Nazis. His own fa­ther died in the Auschwitz con­cen­tra­tion camp.

The “artist of si­lence” per­formed pro­fes­sion­ally world­wide for more than six decades. He was made Grand Of­ficier de la Le­gion d’Hon­neur and was awarded the Na­tional Order of Merit in France for his work in the French re­sis­tance.

Like Marceau, both Eisen­berg and Jakubow­icz come from fam­i­lies of Pol­ish Jews. The film­maker says many of his rel­a­tives were killed dur­ing the war.

Jakubow­icz’s cred­its also in­clude “Se­cue­stro Ex­press” and a re­cent novel, “Las Aven­turas de Juan Plan­chard (The Ad­ven­tures of Juan Plan­chard),” both about the so­ciopo­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in his na­tive Venezuela.

Eisen­berg has starred in films such as “The So­cial Net­work,” as Face­book co-founder Mark Zucker­berg, and “Bat­man v Su­per­man: Dawn of Jus­tice” and the up­com­ing “Jus­tice League” as vil­lain Lex Luthor.

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