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The Hanging Sun

Out of Competition
Francesco Carrozzini
Cattleya – Groenlandia Sky Studios
Running Time:
Italy, UK
Main Cast:
Alessandro Borghi, Jessica Brown Findlay, Sam Spruell, Frederick Schmidt, Raphael Vicas, Peter Mullan, Charles Dance
Stefano Bises
Nicolaj Bruel
Giuseppe Trepiccione
Production Designer:
Mikael Varhelyi
Costume Designer:
Mariano Tufano
Andrea Farri
Kenneth Gustavsen, Mirko Perri
Visual Effects:
EDI Effetti Digitali Italiani
From the novel:Midnight Sun
By:Jo Nesbø


John is on the run after defying his father, a crime boss. Pursued by his brother, John heads to the far North. He comes to an isolated village, where the sun never sets, with a small community of strict religious conformists: a place that seems to belong to another era. There, he meets Lea, a woman in difficult straits, but showing great strength, and her son Caleb, a curious child with a pure heart. Lea also has her demons: the death at sea of her abusive husband Aaron. As the days go by, the three grow closer. For Lea, John is the first man able to offer her protection, but without depriving her of her freedom; and for Caleb, he is an unhoped-for father figure with whom he can share his world. John also seems to glimpse in this encounter the possibility of redemption and a new life. Inevitably, they begin to feel like a newly-formed family. With John at bay as his brother closes in, and Aaron’s brother setting his sights on Lea, the two must find a way to break the ties to their past and start over.

Director’s Statement

When I first read Nesbø’s novel Midnight Sun, I was in California, and nothing could have been further from the landscapes described. Yet, I immediately felt passionate about this story of life at the very edge of the world. All the work I subsequently did on myself and consequently on the film meant a bumpy, surprising and cathartic journey, during which I became a father and learned what it means to be a son. Stefano Bises’ writing gave great power to the path, helping to solidify a romantic drama with the cement of noir. And finally, the relationship with these rare, talented actors revealed to me the magic of making cinema, a dream I always had and which has now become reality.


PRODUCTION 1: Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini, Marco Chimenz, Francesca Longardi – Cattleya
Piazzale Valerio Massimo 7/8
00162 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 06367201

PRODUCTION 2: Matteo Rovere – Groenlandia
Via Giovanni Battista Piatti 23
00185 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 0670490005
Mob. +39 3393689010

PRODUCTION 3: Nils Hartmann, Sonia Rovai, Erica Negri – Sky Studios
Via Monte Penice 7
20138 – Milano, Italia
Tel. +39 0282720170
Mob. +39 ‭3403387863‬‬

WORLD SALES: Sam Adam – NBCUniversal Global Distribution on behalf of Sky Studios
30 Rockefeller Plaza
10112 – New York, United States of America
Tel. +44 2036185157

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION: Davide Novelli – Vision Distribution Spa
Via Po 12
00198 – Roma, Italia
Tel. +39 06995851
Mob. +39 ‭3927378608 (D. Novelli)‬

ITALIAN DISTRIBUTION (PRESS OFFICE): Emanuela Semeraro – Vision Distribution Spa
Mob. +39 3473556512

PRESS OFFICE: Isabella Ferilli – Sky Italia
Via Monte Penice 7
20138 – Milano, Italia
Mob. +39 3467207561

ITALIAN PRESS OFFICE: Maddalena Alessi – Sky Italia
Via Monte Penice 7
20138 – Milano, Italia
Mob. +39 3442996408


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