I WANT TO BE LIKE YOU - WRITTEN BY Ida scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz starring rising Irish Actor Barry Keoghan - begins shooting in London this week

// 1st of October, 2015

Antonio Saura’s Latido Films Takes on World Sales. Production moves on to Bulgaria and Belgium later in September.

In her first film outing since penning the Academy Award Winning screenplay of IDA, British writer Rebecca Lenkiewicz and AVE director Konstantin Bojanov’s feature film I Want To Be Like You, has begun shooting on location in London , prior to moving to Bulgaria, Belgium and back to London in October.

The film was snapped up for international sales just prior to Cannes by Madrid-based Latido Films.

Loosely described as a coming of age road movie about the freewheeling emotions and passions of youth, I Want To Be Like You tells the rollicking story of second generation immigrant and budding artist Pawel who lives with his mother in the UK. She wants him to go back to Bulgaria for the summer holidays - instead he takes off on the road to find his hero, the legendary French painter Arnaud. It’s the story of a young man who wants to become someone else, but needs to be himself.

"I Want To Be Like You is a story of obsession, and near blind worship, of one’s artistic idols," says the Berlin-based Bojanov, "In some ways, it’s a reflection on my own difficult relationship with art. During my teenage years, art for me was a quasi-religious endeavour, a matter of life and death. Unable to relate to my peers, I sought spiritual guidance from tortured souls of centuries past. At sixteen, I left art school to move to a remote village where an ascetic painter whom I greatly admired had once lived. Needless to say, this romantic undertaking was short-lived and ended with near fatal consequences."

Bojanov, a successful and accomplished visual artist himself, as well as former EFP producer on the Move, was last in Cannes with his debut feature AVE which screened in the Semaine de la Critique section, the film won vast numbers of prizes across Europe subsequent to its release.

"It is a movie we are proud to represent in this new stage of Latido; a film with extraordinary visual and cinematic values, that tell a touching story about a young man in search of himself, about the impact of art and beauty in our lives, and about the challenges of growing up. A movie that will touch the heart of all kind of audiences by a really talented director and with producers I trust can deliver the high quality that this work demands" says Antonio Saura CEO of sales company Latido.

Bojanov has written the screenplay alongside British scribe Rebecca Lenkiewicz, best known for her partnership with Pawel Pawlikowski on Academy Award winning IDA. Rebecca is one of the most prominent British playwrights and screenwriters working in the UK today. She is best known as the author of Her Naked Skin (2008), which was the first original play by a living female playwright to be performed on the Olivier stage of the Royal National Theatre. Lenkiewicz has written the screenplays for Secret Diary of a Call Girl for ITV2, and The Sea Change for BBC 3/Fragile films.

The film is production partnership between Bulgaria’s Multfilm, London’s Film and Music Entertainment, and Brussels-based Left Field Ventures.

The young cast of the film is led by up and coming Irish actor Barry Keoghan (Pavel) who first came industry intention in Yann Demange’s ’71. He more recently appeared in Mammal by Rebecca Daly, Trespass Against Us by Adam Smith, and Norfolk, directed by Martin Radich. Opposite him in the role of Piri is Danish actor Thure Lindhart best known for roles in Fast and The Furious 6, Ron Howard’s Angels and Demons, Byzantium by Neil Jordan, Flame and Citron and Sean Penn’s Into the Wild. French actress Solene Rigot (Puppylove, Tonerre) takes the female lead, while Kim Bodnia (The Bridge, Pusher, Rosewater) plays Arnaud.