Recovering art pilfered by Nazis is trending on the big screen. The Weinstein Company, UK’s BBC Films and Australia’s Origin Pictures are starting principal photography on true story “Woman in Gold.”
The film stars Helen Mirren as Jewish refugee Maria Altmann who, along with her young lawyer, went head-to-head with the Austrian government in order to take back a series of Gustav Klimt paintings that had been stolen from her family by the Nazis during World War II.
One of these paintings inspires the film’s title: Klimt’s fin-de-siecle “The Lady in Gold,” which is worth over $130 million. Simon Curtis (“My Week With Marilyn”) is directing, and playwright-turned-screenwriter Alexi Kaye Campbell (“Bracken Moor”) penned the script.
TWC handled international sales at Cannes and will release the film in the US; executive producers are Harvey and Bob Weinstein. Also in the stellar cast are Ryan Reynolds (“Captives”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), and “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany.