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The Burnt Orange Heresy

Out of Competition

Director:
Giuseppe Capotondi
Production:
MJZ (David Zander), Wonderful Films (William Horberg), Rumble Films (David Lancaster), Indiana Production (David Campos Pavoncelli)
Running Time:
98’
Language:
English
Country:
UK, Italy
Year:
2019
Main Cast:
Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland
Screenplay:
Scott B. Smith
Cinematographer:
David Ungaro
Editor:
Guido Notari
Production Designer:
Totoi Santoro
Costume Designer:
Gabriella Pescucci
Music:
Craig Armstrong
Sound:
Alessandro Boscolo
Visual Effects:
Bruno Falconi

Synopsis

The art world and the underworld collide in this elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller. Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras hooks up with provocative and alluring American, Berenice Hollis. He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Joseph Cassidy. Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost.
As the couple spends time with the legendary Debney, they start to realise that nothing about the artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career.

Director’s Statement

The Burnt Orange Heresy is, at its core, a Faustian tale in the guise of a neo-noir thriller. It’s about how far we are willing to go in order to fulfill our ambition and the lies we fabricate to pursue our goals, lies that eventually begin to corrode the very sense of our reality. It’s about the masks we wear everyday to be more accepted, loved, more successful and what happens when we take those masks off: do we still recognise ourselves? Do we like what we see? This film is about deception and power that mirrors the ‘Post-Truth’ times we live in—or, at this stage, should we say ‘Post-Shame’?—but most of all, it’s a psychological thriller that plays with the tropes of the genre to try to tell a little truth. Or, maybe, a little lie.

Producers/Distributors

PRODUCTION 1: David Zander – MJZ
2201 CARMELINA AVENUE
90064 – Los Angeles, California, United States
Tel. 310 826 6200
zander@mjz.com
http://www.mjz.com/

PRODUCTION 2: William Horberg - WONDERFUL FILMS
77 Cornell Street #117
Kingston, NY 12401
bill@wonderfulfilms.net

PRODUCTION 3: David Lancaster - RUMBLE FILMS
6555 Barton Ave. 2nd Floor
CA 90038 – Hollywood, United States
Tel. 323) 688-1851
info@rumble-films.com
http://rumble-films.com/

PRODUCTION 4: Daniel Campos Pavoncelli – Indiana Production
Via Edmondo de Amicis, 53
20123 - Milan, Italy
Tel. + 39 02 86894470
info@indianaproduction.com
http://www.indianaproduction.com

WORLD SALES: Nicole Mackey - HanWay Films Limited
8 Basing Street
W11 1ET – London, United Kingdom
nm@hanwayfilms.com

PRESS OFFICE: Jonathan Rutter – Premier
2‑4 Bucknall Street
WC2H 8LA – London, United Kingdom
burntorange@premiercomms.com


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