Gabriele Albanesi shooting Tarantino-style action feature A Bunch of Bastards
- Filming has kicked off on this “Italian genre film of international ambition”, an Italian-Brazilian co-production steered by Minerva Pictures and starring Marco Bocci and Fortunato Cerlino
Shooting kicked off yesterday in Fiumicino - to be continued in Rome and other Lazio-based locations - on A Bunch of Bastards, a thriller directed by 41-year-old director Gabriele Albanesi and produced by Minerva Pictures and Rai Cinema. Already the author of two horror films, Il bosco fuori and Ubaldo Terzani Horror Show, both of which co-produced by Manetti Bros., Albanesi is drawing inspiration from the works of Tarantino for this his third feature film, which sees a criminal barely released from prison make his way to a mountain chalet to pick up some high-value stolen goods, before holding the owners hostage so as to take the booty for himself.
Leading the cast of A Bunch of Bastards, written by Albanesi himself in league with Luca Poldelmengo (Cemento armato [+see also:
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“We are entering into production with a Tarantino-style action film which boasts an incredible cast and a story featuring an endless succession of twists and turns. I truly believe the time is right for the return of Italian genre films of international ambition”, proclaimed Gianluca Curti, managing director of Minerva Pictures and the film’s co-screenwriter. “This is the second film I’ve produced with Marco Bocci playing the lead [following on from Calibro 9, ed]. Marco is an extraordinary professional and a wonderful actor. The chemistry he creates with Cerlino and Mazzotta will take you by surprise, even if they do beat the living daylights out of each other in the film…”.
A Bunch of Bastards is an Italian-Brazilian co-production produced by Santo Versace and Gianluca Curti on behalf of Minerva Pictures, alongside Rai Cinema, in co-production with Boccato Productions. The film was made with the support of the Lazio Region and is co-funded by the European Union.
(Translated from Italian)
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