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Pawel Pawlikowski’s ‘The Island’ Thriller

The period film about jealousy, betrayal and murder in paradise, inspired by true events, will be shopped by FilmNation Entertainment to international buyers at the American Film Market.


The dramatic thriller, loosely based on real events, will portray an attractive American couple in the 1930s who escape to their own private paradise on a deserted island and live off the land. But after a millionaire passing by on his yacht turns the couple into a tabloid newspaper sensation, a self-styled Countess appears with two lovers and plans to build a luxury hotel on the island.

“Pawel Pawlikowski is one of the world’s greatest filmmakers working today. Pawel bringing this story of jealousy, betrayal and murder in a Garden of Eden is exactly what we all need to drive audiences back to the cinema” FilmNation CEO Glen Basner said in a statement.

FilmNation Entertainment will begin to shop The Island to international buyers at the American Film Market, while WME Independent will pursue a U.S. distribution deal. Pawlikowski will write and direct the film, which is produced by Tanya Seghatchian and John Woodward for Apocalypso Pictures and Brightstar.

Mario Gianani and Lorenzo Gangarossa are co-producing for Wildside and Vision Distribution in collaboration with Sky.

Ewa Puszczynska is co-producing for Extreme Emotions, while Reno Antoniades will exec-produce.