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The Burnt Orange Heresy

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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…
Official Selection Venice Film Festival 2019 - Out of Competition & Closing Night Gala - World premiere
Official Selection Toronto International Film Festival 2019 - Gala Presentations


Type of film
Running Time
98 mins
Giuseppe Capotondi
David Zander, William Horberg, David Lancaster
Executive Producer
Sienna Aquilini, Aeysha Walsh, Stephanie Wilcox, Dante Ariola, August Zander, Jon Shiffman, Jonathan Loughran, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib, Fabrizio Donvito, Daniel Campos Pavoncelli, Alessandro Mascheroni, Peter Touche, Vaishali Mistry, Marie-Gabrielle
Guido Notari
Scott B. Smith (script), Charles Willeford (novel)
Director of Photography
David Ungaro
Principal Cast
Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland


Production status


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Last updated 19th August 2019

Production Company

US, UK co-production

MJZ (US), Wonderful Films (US), Rumble Films (US), Indiana Film Production (IT)

Indiana Film Production
c/o HanWay Films


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