We're happy to announce that yesterday we've started full-scale pre-production on the esteemed director Pavel Lungin's ESAU. The film, based on the best-selling novel by Israeli author Meir Shalev, tells the story of a 40-year-old writer who, after over twenty years of life abroad, returns to his family house in Israel where he was raised and that he escaped – to face his brother who stayed instead, inherited their family business and married the woman who they both wanted. The entire English-speaking film will be shot in Israel, and the 40 days principal photography will commence on April 8th with a mixed Israeli-Russian-German crew and an American-Israeli-Russian cast TBA during the Berlin International Film Festival.
The film will be produced by Pavel Lungin, Serafima Kokhanovskaya, Haim Mecklberg, Estee Yacov-Mecklberg and Alex Turkot. DOP: Fred Kelemen. Production Designer: Sergey Fevralev. Art Director: Shahar Bar-Adon. Line Producer: Ran Fridberg. Costume Designer: Inbal Shuki.