Giuseppe Capotondi‘s sensual neo-noir thriller “The Burnt Orange Heresy” has been announced as the closing film, out of competition, at the 76th Venice International Film Festival. The Italian filmmaker’s feature will have its world premiere at the festival at the Sala Grande theater of the Palazzo del Cinema at Lido di Venezia. The film stars Elizabeth Debicki (“Widows”), Donald Sutherland (“The Hunger Games”), Claes Bang (“The Square”), Rosalind Halstead (“White Dragon”) and Mick Jagger.
Set in present day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). 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, Cassidy (Jagger). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Sutherland), 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.
Capotondi’s 2009 drama, “La doppia ora,” put him on the international radar with nominations and wins at David di Donatello Awards, Primavera del Cinema Italiano Festival and Pula Film Festival.
“The Burnt Orange Heresy” is produced by David Zander, David Lancaster, William Horberg, with executive producers Sienna Aquilini and Peter Touche. It is based on the novel by Charles Willeford and is written and adapted for the screen by Scott B. Smith (“Siberia”). Last week, festival programming announced “La vérité (The Truth)”, directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu (“Shoplifters”), will be the fest opening night film. It stars Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke. The film will kick off Venezia 76 competition as the festival goes underway.
The 76th Venice International Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7. The festival is directed by Alberto Barbera and organized by the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta.