April 30, 2015 11:03 am
Updated: April 30, 2015 11:10 am

John Hurt, Gemma Arterton to make ‘The History of Love’ in Montreal

John Hurt, pictured in March 2015, and Gemma Arterton, pictured in April 2015.

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TORONTO — UK actors John Hurt and Gemma Arterton will be spending part of the summer in Montreal filming The History of Love.

The movie will be the first English-language film for Radu Mihaileanu, a Bucharest-born French filmmaker whose previous film La Source des femmes competed at the Cannes film festival in 2011.

The History of Love is an adaptation of Nicole Krauss’ 2005 book of the same name.

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It’s a complicated story about Leopold Gursky (Hurt) that goes from the Holocaust to present-day New York City.

Rights to adapt the book for the big screen were acquired a decade ago and, at one time, Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity) was set to direct.

Cameras are scheduled to roll in Montreal from May 10 to July 15.

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Hurt, 75, earned an Oscar nomination for 1980’s The Elephant Man. His recent movies include Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Snowpiercer.

He had a role in the Montreal-shot 2011 film Immortals.

Arterton, 29, has appeared in films like Quantum of Solace and Clash of the Titans and starred opposite Jeremy Renner in Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

(Renner is shooting Story of Your Life in Montreal from early June to mid-August.)

Veteran actor Elliott Gould also has a role in The History of Love.

The cast has some homegrown talent, including 15-year-old Sophie Nelisse, a Montreal actress who won a Genie and Jutra Award in 2012 for her supporting role in Monsieur Lazhar. She also appears in Pawn Sacrifice, the Tobey Maguire film that was shot in Montreal in 2013 and opens this September.

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