Shooting begins on Interlude in Prague with full cast announced
Hotly anticipated new Mozart drama and British feature film, Interlude in Prague, commences principal photography from today in the eponymous city exactly where the story took place and where Mozart himself walked the streets some 200 years ago.
Joining the all-star cast, which includes James Purefoy (Solomon Kane, John Carter, Ironclad), Aneurin Barnard (War & Peace, The Truth About Emanuel, The White Queen) and Les Miserables’ Samantha Barks, is rising star Morfydd Clark (Love & Friendship, Les Liaisons Dangereuse, The Falling) who will play Zuzanna Luptac, an 18-year-old soprano who begins a passionate affair with Mozart (Aneurin Barnard) but is forced to marry another man. Clark is joined by Ade Edmondson (Ade in Britain, Guest House Paradiso, Bottom) and Charlotte Peters (Pound of Flesh) as principal cast.
The six week shoot will take place in spectacular locations across the Bohemian capital including the breath-taking cultural monument, Libochovice Castle, as well as the Nostitz Theatre, the Jemniste Chateau and the town of Ploskovice.
Set in Prague in 1787, Interlude in Prague is an intense and emotional narrative of love, lust and murder. Based on true life events, it follows the story of a few turbulent months in the short life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that influenced the creation of the operatic masterpiece, Don Giovanni. A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the film sees Mozart in a Shakespeare in Love style drama with a Dangerous Liaisons tragic end. The storyline follows a brief interlude in the composer’s colourful life during one of his several visits to Prague – the dates and locations are real but the plot is fictitious.
Director, John Stephenson OB.E. said: “Interlude in Prague will be shot entirely in Prague, a city unaffected by time, across spectacular locations steeped in history and cultural significance. The film will combine the beauty and splendour of eighteenth century Bohemia together with the enchanting glory of Mozart’s music, for which we have produced a captivating original score reengineering Mozart’s work in association with Hybrid and Maestro Miriam Němcová . A love story and a tragedy of epic proportions, the characters, the passions, heartbreak and awful outcome could just as easily exist in a contemporary story. I intend to shoot this with fast moving camera and use modern post-production techniques to capture the energy and atmosphere of a modern thriller. The result will be a glorious heart-in-mouth solar plexus knockout.”