“Anthropoid” filmmakers promote project in Karlovy Vary
The team behind the upcoming feature-film “Anthropoid”, which tells the story of the famous 1942 assassination of acting Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich, assembled at the Karlovy Vary film festival to promote the project, set to begin filming this summer in the Czech Republic. The film will star Jamie Dornan and Cillian Murphy as the legendary Czech and Slovak assassins responsible for the highest profile killing of a Nazi official during the Second World War.
“For me it felt right that this was the next film I wanted to make. I also wanted to make it more of a contained, very emotional piece. I didn’t see it as some kind of war epic. Because I think the actions of the people involved are epic, and I felt that if I could tell the story on a very small scale in that sense, that would be the way to do this – to focus on the people in the Czech resistance at that time.”
Ellis also underscored that the film will seek to be as authentic as possible, but lamented that modern Prague was becoming increasingly difficult to use as a historical location. He then described his own visit to the Cyril and Methodius church in Prague’s Resslova street, which concealed the assassins until they were tracked down by the SS – leading to a final, desperate gun battle.
The film is a co-production involving the US, UK, France and the Czech Republic. David Ondříček, son of the famous cinematographer Miroslav Ondříček, is serving as co-producer. Additionally, Czech actress Anna Geislerová is set to play Gabčík’s partner.