Paris-based production-sales house Luxbox has boarded Vanessa Paradis to star in “Frost,” the next feature from Lithuania’s Sharunas Bartas, one of Eastern Europe’s classic auteurs. Also starring Mantas Janciauskas and Andrzej Chyra, co-financed by Polish Film Institute, and produced by Jurga Dikciuviene, Janja Kralj, Olena Yershova, Monika Sajko with another brave polish woman in the crew: Patricia Lewandowska.

“Frost” looks, on paper at least, to be expansive, packing a larger narrative thrust and the highest-profile star in Bartas’ career. Co-produced by France’s KinoElektron and Reborn Production, Lithuania’s Studija Kinema, Insight Media/Tato Film in the Ukraine and Poland’s Donten & Lacroix, ‘Frost” turns on Rokas, a young Lithuanian who, intent on understanding war and hence his people, boards a humanitarian convoy bound from Lithuania to the Ukraine. Falling in with two war reporters, one a woman (Paradis), he is plunged into the turmoil of war where, the film’s synopsis suggests, “the trio will be forced to overcome their psychological limits and build a strong relationship. They do not agree upon anything, except for their wish to be where they are, each of them for their own reasons.”

“Frost” co-stars young theater actor Mantas Janciauskas and Poland’s Andrzej Chyra, star of Andrzej Wajda’s Academy Award nominated “Katyn.” full_carte_blanche_770

‘Frost” began its production, shooting for two weeks on the Ukraine-Crimea border in December. Lead producer Janja Kralj (“These Are the Rules”) at KinoElektron, who also produced “Peace to Us in Our Dreams,” called “Frost” “an ambitious road-movie under the snow through Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine, all the way to the border of the war-zone” and “a unique trip in today’s Ukraine.”

“We are deeply proud to follow Sharunas Bartas’ work and to be involved at this early stage in his new and ambitious cinematographic experience,” added Luxbox co-CEOs Moretti and Zardi, predicting that “Frost” will provide a “unexpected insight into the battlefields of the Ukraine” and “an engaging glance at contemporary Europe’s wars and conflicts.”

Originally Published by Vanity Fair, Chief International Correspondent John Hopewell, Photo LuxBox Films