The PANTALEON Films project RESISTANCE will be receiving two million euros from the Film & Television Fund Bavaria (FFF Bayern). The German-British co-production starring Jesse Eisenberg, Lily Collins and Matthias Schweighöfer depicts the life of Marcel Marceau, one of the most famous French mime artists. The script for RESISTANCE was written by Jonathan Jakubowicz. Jakubowicz, whose recent film about the life of the professional boxer Robert Durán celebrated a remarkable world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, is one of the most successful directors, authors and producers in Venezuela.
Marcel Marceau rose to fame as "Bip the Clown" and was one of the most important and best-known mimes worldwide. He was born in Strasbourg in 1923. Together with his brother and friends, he helped smuggle hundreds of Jewish orphans across the border into France in order to hide them from the Nazi regime during the Second World War. As the political situation began to deteriorate, the children were placed under the protection of nuns and scouts in the south. Marceau joined the Résistance. With his creativity, he was able to play an important role among children and friends. The script for RESISTANCE is based on Marcel Marceau's memories.
A large part of this international project will be shot in Bavaria: Locations include Munich, Ebermannstadt, Bayreuth, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Lenggries, Loisachtal, Franconian Switzerland, the Zugspitze Plateau and the Bavarian Film Studios.
The film will be produced by PANTALEON Films and co-produced together with Rocket Science Industries. Jonathan Jakubowicz will be working as writer and director. Warner Bros. Germany will be taking over distribution. In the special category of international co-production, RESISTANCE will be funded with 2 million euros by the FFF Bavaria.