Nicholas Winton’s biopic “One Life,” starring Anthony Hopkins, will be filmed in Prague this fall — The Prague Reporter
Olin memorably starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in director Philip Kaufman’s adaptation of Czech writer Milan Kundera’s Prague Spring novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being. She also appears in the second season of Amazon Hunterswho shot in Prague last year.
Jonathan Pryce (who earned his first Oscar nomination alongside Hopkins in The two popes), Romola Garai (Atonement, Suffragettes) and Alex Sharp (How to talk to girls at parties, The Chicago 7 Trial), also joined the cast of A life as key members of Winton’s operation to get the children out of Prague.
Prague could potentially play out as well as World War II London in the film. Hopkins and Olin may not film Czech locations much, although the elder Winton visited the Czech capital several times after the fall of the Iron Curtain and met President Václav Havel as well as children he saved and who returned to the country after the fall of the iron curtain. war.
A memorial statue to Winton now stands at Prague’s main train station, from where the children he helped save left Czechoslovakia.
Whereas A life was announced two years ago with Aisling Walsh (Elizabeth has disappeared) attached to direct, the project now has a new filmmaker behind the camera: James Hawes, who has directed television series such as black mirror, Raised by wolves, snowdropsand the alienistand will make his first feature film with A life. Hawes recently directed Gary Oldman in the acclaimed Apple TV+ miniseries slow horses.
A life is based on the book If it is not impossible… The life of Sir Nicholas Winton, which was written by Winton’s daughter, Barbara Winton. The screenplay was adapted by Lucinda Coxon (The Danish Girl) and Nick Drake (Romulus, my father).
Winton’s story has already been told in the Oscar-winning documentary In the Arms of Strangers: Stories from Kindertransport as well as documentaries by Slovak filmmaker Matej Mináč The power of good and Nicki’s familyand its narrative function All my relativesin which Rupert Graves played the role of Winton.
The title of the new movie, A lifecomes from a line in the Talmud: “He who saves a life, saves the whole world.”
In the photo above: Helena Bonham Carter in The Crown Anthony Hopkins in The father, Lena Olin in hunters, and Jonathan Price in Games of Thrones.