French actor Tahar Rahim is in negotiations to take the lead in Serbian director Emir Kusturica’s Cool Water.
If you had a chance to see Rahim’s performance in Oscar-nominated drama A Prophet this year, then you’ll agree that he may be the young actor but he’s definitely the talented one.
On the other hand, Kusturica could be just a perfect director for this kind of movie.
And yes, we already know that he’s busy with that Pancho Villa movie, together with Johnny Depp (or if you prefer the full title Seven Friends Of Pancho Villa And The Woman With Six Fingers huh?) but we are really happy to hear he’s already having a new project like this.
And, if you are familiar with his work, then you know he’s best known as a man controversial at home and abroad, but he’s definitely a director who has a power to blend irreverence and tradition in his best movies (Underground and Black Cat, White Cat).
So actually, Rahim would play one of two brothers who attempt to smuggle their dead father’s body from Jerusalem to Ramallah while hiding from Israeli police and Russian mobsters. We could call this one a determinedly black comedy, right?
The production is a micro-budget effort, looking to shoot for just 4,5m Euros – only a quarter of which has actually been raised by investors, which is also the part of Kusturica’s tradition.
Cool Water starts shooting in September, and in the mean time, Rahim will next be seen in The Eagle Of The Ninth, directed by Kevin Macdonald, or, if you’d like to refresh your memory with some Kusturica’s titles, we recommend you Arizona Dream, which is finally back on DVD.
We hope you’re excited too, because this could be nice one to watch, especially since some already described it as Palestinian “black comedy”, and since those two names are involved in the whole thing, we have no doubt it would be fantastic!
Arizona Dream Trailer