Movie Shoot Tuesday: “Low Life” With Marion Cotillard & Joaquin Phoenix

Shooting for the feature film “Low Life” will take place in Brooklyn Heights Tuesday, February 14, on Montague Street between Clinton and Henry streets. A notice from Jewel Box Productions advises vehicles to make swift haste Monday evening, February 13, with towing beginning at 6 p.m. in surrounding posted areas.

Starring French actress Marion Cotillard and American actor Joaquin Phoenix, “Low Life” is described on the neighborhood post as “a feature film set in 1920 about two girls from Poland in search of a new start and the American dream,” however, a more descriptive outline can be found online:

Cotillard plays Sonya Cybulski, a woman trying to immigrate from Poland, in the romantic drama directed by James Gray. Sonya’s American dream turns into a nightmare, while sailing to Ellis Island and a new start, as her sister grows deathly ill and she is forced to trade sexual favors for medicine and food to keep her sister alive. Once they land, she is warned to keep quiet about what happened. With no place to go, she falls prey to a charming sleazebag (Phoenix), who persuades her to turn tricks in New York.

Sounds like fun, huh!? The film is directed by James Gray, who worked previously with Phoenix in 2008′s “Two Lovers,” 2007′s “We Own the Night” and 1999′s “The Yards.”

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  • Local Coffee

    A period piece on Montague. Wonder if they’ll be trucking in vintage cars and such or sticking to a vintage interior? So much for Joaquin’s “retirement” from the business. Then again, who wouldn’t want to work closely with Marion Cotillard? She’s talented and gorgeous. A true international movie star with an Oscar to boot.

  • Teddy

    Marion Cotillard turning tricks. That’s a movie I have to see (because it was filmed in the Heights of course).

  • X

    I guess they will film in the church since the Rest of that block is very modern

  • GHB

    Anybody seen the latest episode of BLUE BLOODS? A couple of scenes were shot on the Promenade and at the Clark Street entrance. Don’t remember them filming there…

  • stuart

    you would think that by now they could have built a cardboard reproduction of Brooklyn Heights in the Navy Yard so that film crews could work in peace without having to deal with bothersome locals and their pesky cars.

  • Willow St. Neighbor

    Blue Bloods is one of my favorite shows and I did see the latest episode that was filmed on the Promenade. I was jumping out of my chair when I realized that it was, in fact, our own beautiful Promenade!
    I also saw Ben Kingsley filming on the Promenade and that was also pretty exciting. Oh, and Olivia Wilde and Jason Bateman.
    I nearly bumped into them on our evening walk.
    Just another day in the Heights!!! What a great place to live.

  • GHB

    Willow Street Neighbor,
    I also met Ben Kingsley when he was filming The Wackness on the Promenade. I ran up to my apartment to grab my Gandhi DVD which he gladly autographed!