CLAES BANG, ELIZABETH DEBICKI, MICK JAGGER, DONALD SUTHERLAND
“The Burnt Orange Heresy” is a Faustian tale in the guise of a neo-noir thriller where the art world and the underworld collide. It’s a movie that deals with deception and power and that investigates about truth.
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 realize 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.
World premiere at the Venice Film Festival 2019