A drama born in crisis – Birds of Paradise
Amazon Studios in pursuit of bold, unapologetic filmmaking – their latest production was shot in the middle of the pandemic.
“Birds of Paradise” is an upcoming American drama film written and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, based upon the 2019 novel “Bright Burning Stars” by A.K. Small. It stars Kristine Froseth, Diana Silvers, Jacqueline Bisset and Stav Strashko.
The story begins in a prestigious ballet school in Paris, where a new girl (Silvers) befriends a grieving prodigy (Froseth). The dancers must compete for the school’s biggest prize, to receive a contract to join the Parisian Opera’s ballet company.
The shooting was done in Hungary, at ORIGO Studios during the pandemic. The shooting began in February before being forced to pause in March, later the crew returned to Budapest to complete the production in August.
“Sarah is a talented, visionary filmmaker who we’re so happy is part of the Amazon family, and we can’t wait to bring her next story to life with ‘Birds of Paradise,’” Julie Rapaport, Co-head of Movies at Amazon Studios, said. “We’re also thrilled to be working with stars Diana Silvers and Kristine Froseth who are both on the path to becoming the next household names with their undeniable talents.”