There’s an Italian director riding the new wave of Italian cinema, and his new film gives us something we used to expect from Italian directors – thrills.
In the 60s and 70s Italian “giallo” was a thriller, a film genre that Italy was famous for. English-speaking movie goers tend to think of “giallo” as a horror/slasher movie (and if you want to know more about these, check out “Italian Film Review”) , but in Italy they are all the stories about crime and mystery – the “whodunits”. Italy hasn’t made a lot of them lately, but movies like “La Doppia Ora” and a new one by director Michael Zampino, who also co-wrote it, called “L’erede” (the heir) prove that the genre is not dead in Italy.
“L’erede” looks like a great psychological thriller. Made in just 5 weeks and with 700,000 euro it’s an indie film, partially funded by Minister of Culture of the region of Marche but also by the actors and the rest of the company themselves who went without pay because they so greatly believed in the project.
A synopsis, from the Rome independent film festival:
After the death of his father, Bruno, a doctor from Milan, comes into possession of a run-down house in a remote region of Central Italy. This inheritance will prove to be a curse however. When he meets his disturbing neighbours, he becomes entangled in a web of suspicions that will dramatically change his life forever….
This is Zampino’s first feature film and he says that he was inspired and influenced by Kubrick and Peckinpah. It’s been shown at film festivals around the world since last year but will open in Italian theaters this weekend.
This trailer has no subtitles – but I think you’ll get the idea.