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Colin Firth to Star in ‘BENJAMIN’S CROSSING’

May 15, 2017

Livia Firth; Colin Firth,

Colin Firth is set to star in BENJAMIN’S CROSSING, to be directed by Pat O’Connor.

Based on the novel by Jay Parini, Firth will play Walter Benjamin, the real life Jewish philosopher who made a daring escape from Nazi-occupied Europe through the Pyrenees Mountains in 1940. Fortitude International is financing and launching sales at Cannes.

Carl Effenson of Artimage Entertainment, Sally Jo Effenson of Joule Films and Lucas Jarach along with Fortitude’s Robert Ogden Barnum and Nadine de Barros will produce.

Parini and Devon Jersild adapted the script from Panini’s novel. Based on a true story, in 1940, Benjamin finds himself forced to flee his home in Paris on the heels of the Nazi invasion. With nowhere else to turn, he meets Lisa Fittko, who is helping refugees escape to Spain through the Pyrenees. Despite his weak physical condition, Lisa reluctantly agrees to bring him along, leading an unlikely group of refugees on a daring adventure that will change their lives forever.

Carl and Sally Jo Effenson said:

“Jay and Devon have written a beautiful script, which the producers are honored to support, with Pat O’Connor at the helm. The worldwide refugee crisis makes Benjamin’s plight as timely now as it was during WWII. It is a great, untold and truly heroic story that must be told.”

Production is set to begin in fall 2017.

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