Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they will release Guiseppe Capotondi’s THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY in theaters on August 7, 2020. Based on the novel by Charles Willeford with a screenplay by Scott B. Smith, the film stars Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland, Alessandro Fabrizi, and Rosalind Halstead.
Sony Pictures Classics acquired the film shortly after it premiered as the closing night film of the 2019 Venice Film Festival, where Capotondi, Jagger, and Sutherland won the Fondazione Mimmo Rotella Award. It also screened at the Toronto International Film Festival later that month.
THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY follows charming and ambitious art critic James Figueras (Claes Bang), who has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a new-found love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Mick Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Donald Sutherland). Soon, James’ greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making.
The film is produced by David Zander, William Horberg, David Lancaster and and executive produced by Sienna Aquilini, Aeysha Walsh, Dante Ariola, August Zander, Charlie Dombek, Sherborne Media, Rumble Films, Indiana Production Company, The Ingenious Group and Hanway Films.