Enjoy a New Trailer for Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’
In truth, I would watch Mathieu Amalric do just about anything. Whether he’s playing an emotionally unstable musician , a butler with a secret, or a murderous somnambulant, there isn’t a role he doesn’t tackle with a thrilling kind of ferocity and manic charge. And after its Cannes premiere last May, Roman Polanski’s latest theatrical adaptation, the Amalric-led Venus in Fur will finally have its U.S. theatrical release on June 20th.
Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for the lead role in his new play, writer-director Thomas (Mathieu Amalric) complains about the poor caliber of talent he has seen. As Thomas is about to leave the theater, Vanda (Emmanuelle Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic—and, it turns out, erotic—energy. When Thomas agrees, reluctantly, to let her try out for the part, he is stunned and captivated by her transformation. Not only is Vanda a perfect fit (even sharing the character’s name), but she apparently has researched the role exhaustively—down to buying props, reading source materials and learning every line by heart. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended “audition” builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession… Adapted from the Tony Award-winning play by David Ives.