**First Look Image** Helen Mirren As ‘GOLDA’ – Production Commences



Production has commenced in London, U.K. on Academy AwardÂź winner Guy Nattiv’s Golda, and we can now reveal a first look at Academy AwardÂź winner Helen Mirren as Golda Meir, Israel’s first female Prime Minister. Camille Cottin, star of hit series Call My Agent, has also joined the cast.

Written by Nicholas Martin (Florence Foster Jenkins), Golda is a ticking-clock thriller – sharing the intensely dramatic events, high-stake responsibilities, and controversial decisions that Meir – also known as the ‘Iron Lady of Israel’ – faced during the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Her actions, in impossible circumstances, would ultimately decide the fate of millions of lives.

Mirren says â€œGolda Meir was a formidable, intransigent and powerful leader. It is a great challenge to portray her at the most difficult moment of her extraordinary life. I only hope I do her justice!”

“I have long been an admirer of the great Helen Mirren,” said Nattiv. “She has melted so brilliantly into Golda Meir’s character with incredible talent, intelligence, depth, and emotion, doing justice to the richness and complexity of this incredible woman”.

Camille Cottin will play Lou Kaddar, Golda’s long-time personal assistant, who stood beside her throughout the war. Cottin exploded to prominence in France with her sketch comedy Connasse and then internationally as the lead in Call My Agent. She also reprised Phoebe Waller Bridge’s acclaimed Fleabag character in French, in Mouche, and has appeared in the BBC’s hit show Killing Eve. Cottin recently starred alongside Matt Damon in Tom McCarthy’s Stillwater, and in Ridley Scott’s upcoming House of Gucci

Rami Heuberger (Schlinder’s List) will portray Meir’s Minister of Defence Moshe Dayan with Lior Ashkenzi playing Chief of Staff, David Elazar. One of Israel’s most prominent stage, television and film actors Ashkenzi won Best Actor at The Ophir Awards (Israel’s version of the Oscars), for his performance as ‘Michael Feldmann’ in Samuel Maoz’s Foxtrot. Ashkenzi can also be seen as ‘Yitzhak Rabin’ in the feature film 7 Days in Entebbe, alongside Rosamund Pike and Daniel Bruhl. Other credits include Norman, Big Bad Wolves and Footnote. Most recently, LIOR directed the feature film Perfect Strangers, an Israeli adaptation of a 2016 Italian film of the same name.

Golda’s cast also includes Ellie Piercy (Black Mirror, The Dig), Ed Stoppard (Judy, Youth), Rotem Keinan, Dvir Benedek, Dominic Mafham, Ben Caplan, Kit Rakusen. Emma Davies.

Nattiv is supported by best-in-class Heads of Department including Director of Photography Jasper Wolf (Monos), Production Designer Arad Sawat (Beirut, Foxtrot), Costume Designer SinĂ©ad Kidao (assistant on Wonder Woman 1984, Little Women, Mary Magdalene, Peterloo, Beauty, and the Beast), Hair & Makeup Designer Karen Hartley (Persuasion, The Duke, The Personal History of David Copperfield), Editor Arik Lahav (Foxtrot) and Casting Director Alex Johnson (Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie, Fisherman’s Friends, Dad’s Army).

Golda is produced by Michael Kuhn (Florence Foster Jenkins, The Duchess) for Qwerty Films, Jane Hooks and Nicholas Martin.  The film shoots for 6 weeks in London and on location in Israel.

Israeli director Nattiv won an Academy AwardŸ for his ground-breaking short film Skin, which he then developed into a full-length feature starring Jamie Bell.

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