Oscar-nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland (Quack, In the dark) is collaborating with her again Quack group, including Marek Epstein and producer Sarka Cimbalova, on Kafkaa biographical film about the legendary Czech-Jewish writer Franz Kafka.
Cimbalova’s Marlene Film and Sam Taylor and Mike Downey’s Film and Music Entertainment (F&ME) will co-produce Kafkawhat the producers describe as “a dazzling kaleidoscope of films that dramatize the famous writer’s life and imagination in a series of independent vignettes spanning Kafka’s life from was born in pre-war Prague to his tragic death in Berlin in 1924 and into the future scenes he envisioned. ”
Epstein is writing a screenplay based on a story by Downey. The team will present the project online to financiers at the Berlinale Co-Production Market on Saturday. Holland’s Quack premiered at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival and, as the official Czech Republic nominee, was shortlisted for the 2021 Oscars for Best International Film.
Marlene Film’s Cimbalova said: “It’s great that the team is back together again. “And I really appreciate our return to the Berlinale co-production market after the success of the film Quack in Berlinale. “
The producers are currently in talks with companies selling the film and are planning to shoot in the spring of 2023.