The story of famed actor and mime Marcel Marceau’s participation in the French Resistance during World War II is the inspiration for the film Resistance – starring Jesse Eisenstein as Marceau.
The film also stars Ed Harris, Clémence Poésy, and Edgar Ramirez.
Resistance will be released on VOD on Friday, March 27th, in the U.S. through IFC Films and on Tuesday, March 31st in Canada (iTunes Canada). Check out the trailer below.
Based on an inspiring true story, Resistance stars Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Vivarium) as legendary French actor and mime artist Marcel Marceau, in the story of a group of unsung heroes who put themselves in harm’s way to rise above hatred and oppression during World War II. Written and directed by Jonathan Jakubowicz (Hands of Stone), the compelling drama, distributed by Game Theory Films, will be released on iTunes Canada on Tuesday March 31.
Resistance stars Eisenberg, Ed Harris (Westworld), Clémence Poésy (In Bruges), Matthias Schweighöfer (100 Things), Félix Moati (Father and Sons), Géza Rohrig (To Dust), Karl Markovics (Nobadi), Vica Kerekes (Tell Tales), Bella Ramsey (Judy), and Edgar Ramírez (American Crime Story).
“It is easy to feel despair when we are surrounded by constant bad news. This is a difficult moment for humanity. But it is also a moment to be inspired by those who overcame the unimaginable horrors of the past. Resistance tells the story of a group of civilians who faced the Nazis to save the lives of children. They put everything aside and risked it all to help others. And they pull it off not because they wanted to be heroes, but because it was the right thing to do. As we face what may be the biggest historical event in our lifetimes, it is a great privilege to bring this message of hope and inspiration to a world that needs it more than ever before,” said Jonathan Jakubowicz, Resistance writer/director/producer.
Link to Resistance trailer: here
Before he was the world-famous mime Marcel Marceau, he was Marcel Mangel, an aspiring Jewish actor who joined the French Resistance to save the lives of thousands of children orphaned at the hands of the Nazis. As a young man growing up in Nazi-occupied Europe, Marcel has no intention of getting involved in the war – his pursuits include impersonating Charlie Chaplin in burlesque clubs, painting backdrops for his plays, and antagonizing his obstinate father. However, his life is thrown into upheaval when he is recruited into the French Resistance, putting his acting skills to the ultimate test in teaching orphaned Jewish children how to survive in the horrifying reality of the Holocaust.
Resistance is produced by Pantaleon Films GmbH in collaboration with Epicentral Studios, Rocket Science, Vertical Media, Neptune Features, Riverstone Pictures, Ingenious Media, Bliss Media and in co-production with Resistance Film US LLC and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany.