Shelton actress Anna Lakomy traveled to the Cannes Film Festival in France. Lakomy appears in the film “Welcome to New York,” which had its premiere in the tony seaside resort on the Mediterranean.
The movie — originally called “The June Project” — stars Gerard Depardieu and Jacqueline Bisset and was filmed in New York in 2013.
“Welcome to New York” was not part of the Cannes Film Festival competition, but was shown during the festival.
The film was directed by Abel Ferrara, an independent filmmaker known for such movies as “Bad Lieutenant,” “King of New York” and “The Funeral.”
Lakomy plays the role of a young female aide in the movie. It was her first principal speaking role in a major motion picture.
‘Seeing the team’
Lakomy was planning to travel to France with an actress from New York City, who also appears in the film.
“I’m looking forward to seeing the team I worked with on this film,” Lakomy said before leaving on the trip.
Later, while in Cannes, she said she was having “a phenomenal time” and “had fallen in love with southern France.”
Lakomy said while “Welcome to New York” was not part of the film festival’s competition, “it was the most talked about one, and the tickets to the screening were the most coveted.”
After the festival, which took place from May 14 to 25, Lakomy planned to go to Poland to travel and visit with family.
Based on IMF head’s story
“Welcome to New York” looks at the rise and controversial fall of French economist and former head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the inspiration for Depardieu’s character.
Gerard Depardieu is a well-known French actor who has appeared in almost 200 films and won many awards.
The British-born Jacqueline Bisset became a movie star in the 1960s and has appeared in numerous films and TV productions, performing with such greats as Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Steve McQueen, Anthony Quinn, Albert Finney and Nick Nolte.
Film will have an e-release
Lakomy said “Welcome to New York” will have an e-release in France and Italy, which means it would be available through video on demand rather than be shown in movie theaters.
“They’re trying this new way to show movies, where people can watch them on their phones and laptops in cars and trains,” Lakomy said.
‘An exhilarating experience’
Lakomy said performing in the film had been a thrill.
“It was such an exhilarating experience,” she said. “[Director Abel Ferrara] gave us a lot of creative freedom as the two scenes were mostly improvised, and working with Gerard was surreal as I remember watching him in ‘Asterix and Obelix’ when I was a little girl. Everyone on set was so supportive and helpful.”
According to publicity material, while on set, Ferrara told cast and crew that “it took weeks to fill Anna’s role. She was chosen from millions of girls.”
Acting for more than a year
Born and raised in New York City, Lakomy now resides with her family in Shelton. She attended the “Fame” performing arts high school in Manhattan and began to pursue acting professionally a few years ago.
She has worked on dozens of independent and student projects, and also directed and starred in her own short film, “Brave Little Soldier,” which is about an elite U.S female soldier coming back from Afghanistan with a dark secret.
Some of the other films Lakomy has performed in include “Black & White,” “Chinese Puzzle” and “Vamp.” She also has worked on working on a web series called “Ndirectionz.”
Has completed a movie script
Lakomy recently completed a movie script that she is hoping will be made into a film. She said she has been told the script is “erotic and inspiring.”
“My recent focus,” she said, “has been on learning how to be a screenwriter — how to build a story and build characters. It’s been interesting to do things from the other side.”
Go to www.annalakomy.com to learn more about her career.