Roman Polanski's Sexual Thriller "Venus in Fur," Starring Emmanuelle Seigner, Tops Box Office in Platform Release
23 Jun 2014
"Venus in Fur," the film adaptation of David Ives' sexually charged dark comedy, topped the box-office take for limited release movies its opening weekend, according to Deadline.com.
The film grossed over $26K, averaging $13,100 per screen, kicking off a platform release; it will be distributed to the top 15 markets throughout July.
The French language film stars Emmanuelle Seigner, Polanski's wife, and Mathieu Amalric.
Directed and written by Roman Polanski and co-written by Ives, who penned the award-winning stage adaptation that played Broadway in 2012, the play focuses on a frustrated playwright-director who has been unable to cast the leading role in his stage adaptation of Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's "Venus in Furs." A mysterious woman who knows every line of the play enters the audition room with intentions of her own. The lines between passion and obsession, as well as theatre and reality, begin to blur.
The Broadway production starred Hugh Dancy and Nina Arianda, who won a Tony Award for her performance as Vanda. The play also received a nomination for Best Play.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.