“Planetarium” is a French-Belgian drama film directed by Rebecca Zlotowski.
The film stars Natalie Portman, Lily-Rose Depp and Emmanuel Salinger.
“Planetarium” had its world premiere at the 2016 Venice Film Festival. The film was released on 16 November 2016, by Ad Vitam Distribution.
“ ‘Planetarium‘, directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, who wrote the script with Robin Campillo, is a glossy historical fantasy, loosely based on a true story—and its glossiness is essential both to its evocation of the past and of its setting, the French movie industry of the nineteen-thirties.” – The New Yorker
Two American sisters in pre-war France believe they have the ability to communicate with the dead. They are hired by French film studio head Andre Korben to appear in a film about spiritualism.
Her second feature film “Grand Central“, a love story exploring three-way romance between nuclear plant workers, won the François Chalais Prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Rebecca Zlotowski made her directorial debut with the film “Belle Épine“, which premiered in the International Critics’ Week section at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. The film starred Léa Seydoux and although it wasn’t a commercial success, the film won a Louis Delluc Prize for best first film and Seydoux was nominated for a César Award for Most Promising Actress.
She followed up that film with “Grand Central” starring Léa Seydoux and Tahar Rahim which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival in the Un Certain Regard section.
In 2014, Zlotowski was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. She was the head of the jury for the Sony CineAlta Discovery Prize and the France 4 Visionary Award for the International Critics’ Week section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
She was selected to be on the jury for the Cinéfondation and short films sections of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
In 2015 Zlotowski announced her next film would be “Planetarium” starring Natalie Portman and Lily-Rose Depp as sisters.