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Ida Scribe, Rebecca Lenckiewicz joins with Cannes alumnus Konstantin Bojanov on I Want To Be Like You

// 8th of May, 2015

Starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan and Golden Globe/Academy Award Nominee Klaus Maria Brandauer

Barry Keoghan

Barry Keoghan

In her first film outing since penning the Academy Award Winning screenplay of IDA, British writer Rebecca Lenckiewicz has joined forces with AVE director Konstantin Bojanov on the feature film I Want To Be Like You, to be directed by Bojanov this July and shot on location in and around Copenhagen , the UK’s West Midlands and Belgium.  The film has been snapped up for international sales by Madrid-based Latido Films who will be presenting the project to buyers for the first time on the Croisette next week.

Loosely described as a coming of age road movie about the freewheeling emotions and passions of youth, I Want To Be Like You tells the rollicking story of second generation immigrant and budding artist Pawel who lives with his mother in Birmingham. She wants him to go back to Bulgaria for the summer holidays - instead he takes off on the road to find his hero, the legendary French painter Arnaud. It’s the story of a young man who wants to become someone else, but needs to be himself.

"I Want To Be Like You is a story of obsession, and near blind worship, of one’s artistic idols," says the Berlin-based Bojanov, "In some ways, it’s a reflection on my own difficult relationship with art. During my teenage years, art for me was a quasi-religious endeavour, a matter of life and death. Unable to relate to my peers, I sought spiritual guidance from tortured souls of centuries past. At sixteen, I left art school to move to a remote village where an ascetic painter whom I greatly admired had once lived.  Needless to say, this romantic undertaking was short-lived and ended with near fatal consequences."

Bojanov, a successful and accomplished visual artist himself, as well as former EFP producer on the Move, was last in Cannes with his debut feature AVE which screened in the Semaine de la Critique section, the film won vast numbers of prizes across Europe subsequent to its release.

Bojanov has written the screenplay alongside British scribe Rebecca Lenckiewcz, best known for her partnership with Pawel Pawlikowski on Academy Award winning IDA. Rebecca is one of the most prominent British playwrights and screenwriters working in the UK today. She is best known as the author of Her Naked Skin (2008), which was the first original play by a living female playwright to be performed on the Olivier stage of the Royal National Theatre. Lenkiewicz has written the screenplays for Secret Diary of a Call Girl for ITV2, and The Sea Change for BBC 3/Fragile films.

To be shot on a budget of €2 million the film is production partnership between Toolbox Film in Copenhagen, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, Brussels-based Left Field Ventures and Bulgaria’s Multfilm.

The young cast of the film is led by up and coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Pawel) who first came industry intention in Yamm Demmange’s ’71.  He more recently appeared in Mammal by Rebecca Daly, Trespass Against Us by Adam Smith, and  Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich.  Opposite him in the role of Piri is Danish actor Thure Lindhardt best known for roles in Fast and The Furious 6, Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons, Byzantium by  Neil Jordan, Flame and Citron and Sean Penn’s  Into the Wild. French actress Solene Rigot (Puppylove, Tonerre) takes the female lead with the legendary French Artist Arnaud being played by Austrian acting legend, Klaus Maria Brandauer.

For his second feature Bojanov has surrounded himself with a highly experienced and dedicated crew including DOP Hubert Taczanowski, most recently known for his work on Michael Winterbottom’s Amanda Knox case musing Face of An Angel, and The Look of Love;  sound designer Srdjan Kurpjel whose key director partnerships have been with Paolo Sorrentino, Oliver Hirschbiegel and Emir Kusturica; and Sarah Blenkinsop the British costume designer who worked for Lynne Ramsay on Swimmer and Morvern Callar, Samantha Morton’s The Unloved, and Cannes entry The Lobster by Yorgos Lanthimos.

The film has pre-sold to 41 Shadows  in Denmark with pre-sale deals in the UK, Bulgaria and Benelux pending.

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