Directed by Roman Polanski | Written by Roman Polanski and David Ives
US release date: June 20, 2014
Directed by Roman Polanski | Written by David Ives and Roman Polanski
With Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric
96 min, Drama, France, 2013

Alone in a Paris theater after a long day of auditioning actresses for his new play, writer-director Thomas (Amalric) complains that no actress he’s seen has what it takes to play the lead female character: a woman who enters into an agreement with her male counterpart to dominate him as her slave. Thomas is about to leave the theater when actress Vanda (Seigner) bursts in, a whirlwind of erratic - and, it turns out, erotic - energy. At first she seems to embody everything Thomas has been lamenting. She is pushy, foul-mouthed, desperate and ill-prepared - or so it seems. When Thomas finally, reluctantly, agrees 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, learned her lines by heart and even bought her own props. The likeness proves to be much more than skin-deep. As the extended "audition" builds momentum, Thomas moves from attraction to obsession until, with Vanda taking an ever more dominant role, the balance of power shifts completely.

In Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Won Best Director at the 39th César Awards in 2014
Won Best Screenplay at the 2014 Lumiere Award

Opens in the US on June 20th, 2014

- Opens in New York on June 20, 2014 at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas

- Opens in Los Angeles on July 4, 2014 at the Landmark Nuart

US Distribution: Sundance Selects

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