Although these supporting roles earned her critical praise and accolades, Kirby was in no hurry to find her first onscreen lead role, she said. She has played many complex characters on stage: women like Rosalind, the extremely intelligent heroine of Shakespeare’s “As You Like It”. She kept an eye out for an on-screen lead where she could sense some of Rosalind’s “magic,” she said, which made her “fly on stage”.
“I couldn’t find these roles on the screen at all,” she said. So she waited, using her smaller pieces as observation and learning opportunities, asked Anthony Hopkins what his trade was while they were working on the British drama drama “The Dresser,” and watched Rachel McAdams be generous for the film “About Time.” , ” She said.
Given Kirby’s theatrical background, it is fitting that “Pieces of a Woman” began as a play written by Mundruczo’s partner, Kata Weber, who drew on the couple’s experiences of losing a child. The Poland-based piece “Pieces of a Woman” consists of just two scenes: the birth and an explosive dinner with Martha’s family, which takes place around the middle of the filming. The 2018 premiere, directed by Mundruczo at the TR Warszawa Theater in Warsaw, was a success and the production is still in the company’s repertoire.
Around the time Mundruczo turned 40 five years ago he wanted a larger audience for his work, he said, and switched from working to German, Hungarian and Polish. “Pieces of a Woman” is his first English language film. Mundruczo adapted the piece for the big screen and shot it in Boston because he believed that the city’s Irish Catholic culture reflected Poland’s conservative social landscape.
The loss of a pregnancy is rarely mentioned in on-screen entertainment. Mundruczo said he hoped Martha’s experiences “will encourage people to be brave enough to have their own response to any loss,” he said.