Magazine article Screen International

Iñárritu Boards Tom Shoval's 'Shake Your Cares Away'

Magazine article Screen International

Iñárritu Boards Tom Shoval's 'Shake Your Cares Away'

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Oscar-winning director Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu has boarded Israeli film-maker Tom Shoval's second film Shake Your Cares Away as one of the film's producers. The film revolves around Alma, a wealthy heiress with a crazy philanthropic streak who takes her charitable work to unconventional extremes when she moves to Israel from Paris.

French actress Bérénice Bejo has signed to play Alma and is studying Hebrew in preparation for the film, which is due to shoot between Paris and Israel in the second half of 2017. "I told her I am searching to cast the soul of my character, Alma, and to my good luck I found it in her," said Shoval. "I can't wait for our collaboration."

Mexican film-maker Iñárritu mentored Shoval as part of the Rolex Mentors and Protégés Arts Initiative. He ended up supporting Shoval and his brother Dan as they co-wrote the script for Shake Your Cares Away. Iñárritu selected Shoval as a protégé after his award-winning first film Youth, about a kidnap attempt that backfires after the victim's Shabbat-observing family fails to pick up the phone.

As part of the mentorship, Shoval spent time on the set of Iñárritu's Oscar winner The Revenant, which he describes as an "out of dreams experience". Speaking about Iñárritu's involvement in Shake Your Cares Away, Shoval said: "He really believes in the film and me, which is amazing."

Gal Greenspan of Tel Aviv-based Green Productions is lead producer, with Sol Bondy and Jamila Wenske of Berlin-based One Two Films and Julie Salvador of Paris-based Christmas In July attached as co-producers. …

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