Vertigo Releasing has announced the acquisition of writer and director Jonathan Jakubowicz‘ powerful new biopic, RESISTANCE, inspired by the life of Marcel Marceau, which will be released on Digital platforms in the UK and Ireland from 19th June 2020.
The film stars Jesse Eisenberg as Marceau, alongside Clémence Poésy and Matthias Schweighöfer.
RESISTANCE tells the remarkable true story of a lesser known part of the French Resistance in World War Two. Before he becomes a world-famous mime, aspiring Jewish actor Marcel Marceau (Eisenberg) joins the resistance thanks to his friend Emma (Poésy), in order to save thousands of orphaned children from the Nazis. Their mission: to take the children safely across the Swiss border whilst being pursued by the ruthless SS Klaus Barbie (Schweighöfer).
Telling Marceau’s unique story was a matter very dear to director Jonathan Jakubowicz’s heart. He says:
“It is my most personal work by far. Writing the script and realising this project brought me closer to the memory of my grandparents… Not a day went by that I didn’t cry – be it with grief or joy. And it wasn’t just me: all the actors had a very personal connection to this era and this story. And you can see that on the screen.”