Famous British director to shoot movie on sculptor Brâncuși’s trek on foot from Romania to Paris

British internationally renowned director Peter Greenaway, recently known for Eisenstein in Guanajuato, is getting ready to start shooting for his new feature Walking To Paris, a biopic about the early life of Romanian acclaimed 20th century sculptor Constantin Brâncuși, screendaily.com informs.

The movie depicts the story of Constantin Brâncuși and his 18-month walk from Romania to France through Hungary, Austria, Germany and Switzerland, in what is regarded as a formative experience in the modernism pioneer’s life. Brâncuși was 27-year-old when he embarked on this daring ride.

The film is being made with Dutch producer and former Rotterdam festival stalwart Kees Kasander. Walking To Paris marks the 14th collaboration between Greenaway and Kees Kasander, who produces alongside Andrea de Liberato, Emanuele Moretti, and Julia Ton.

Greenaway and his crew are preparing to resume shooting summer sequences in Italy after capturing winter scenes in Italy and Switzerland late last year.

 Along the way, living off the land as his years of being a shepherd boy had taught him, he had adventures – comic, violent, sexual and romantic – and certainly formative of his future sculpture, constantly building sculptures out of found materials – wood, stone, sand, snow and ice – leaving a trail of abandoned experimental temporary sculptures across the landscapes of Europe,” Greenaway told Screen about the feature.

Another film about Brâncuși, “Brâncuși from eternity” directed by Adrian Popovici was released in UK theatres in January.

Born in 1876 in Hobița village, Gorj county near Târgu Jiu, Brâncuși was a Romanian famous sculptor, painter and photographer who made his career in France. Considered a pioneer of modernism, one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century, Brâncuși is called the patriarch of modern sculpture. As a child he displayed an aptitude for carving wooden farm tools. Formal studies took him first to Bucharest, then to Munich, then to the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris from 1905 to 1907.

Brâncuși died on March 16, 1957, aged 81. At his death Brâncuși left 1200 photographs and 215 sculptures. He bequeathed part of his collection to the French state, after it was refused by the Romanian Communist government, on condition that his workshop be rebuilt as it was on the day he died.

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