Juliette Binoche heads to China and Prague for Pearl

Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche is to play Nobel Prize-winning missionary and novelist Pearl S Buck, with filming due to take place in China and the Czech Republic. 

Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche is to play Nobel Prize-winning missionary and novelist Pearl S Buck, with filming due to take place in China and the Czech Republic.

Juliette Binoche heads to China and Prague for Pearl
Juliette Binoche

Buck, who also became known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer who – as the daughter of missionaries – spent much of her young life in China. Her best-selling novel The Good Earth, which depicts peasant life in a Chinese village, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, six years before she won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Once back in the U.S. in the mid-1930s, she became a vocal and influential supporter of women’s rights and minority groups, while championing Asian and mixed-race adoption.

According to Variety, the film will use locations including Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Prague with shooting due to begin next year. Leehom Wang and Jing Tian co-star; Roxanne Messina Captor directs, with finance coming in from the China Film Group.

Juliette Binoche heads to China and Prague for Pearl
Juliette Binoche

Oscar-winning French actress Juliette Binoche is to play Nobel Prize-winning missionary and novelist Pearl S Buck, with filming due to take place in China and the Czech Republic.

Buck, who also became known by her Chinese name Sai Zhenzhu, was an American writer who – as the daughter of missionaries – spent much of her young life in China. Her best-selling novel The Good Earth, which depicts peasant life in a Chinese village, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1932, six years before she won the Nobel Prize for literature.

Once back in the U.S. in the mid-1930s, she became a vocal and influential supporter of women’s rights and minority groups, while championing Asian and mixed-race adoption.

According to Variety, the film will use locations including Shanghai, Zhejiang Province and Prague with shooting due to begin next year. Leehom Wang and Jing Tian co-star; Roxanne Messina Captor directs, with finance coming in from the China Film Group.

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