Wednesday, January 19, 2022

‘Dark Glasses’: Dario Argento’s Return to Giallo to World Premiere in Berlin!

We told you last month that Italian filmmaking legend Dario Argento, who hasn’t been behind the camera in a decade (Dracula 3D), is returning to his roots with the Rome-set Giallo thriller Dark Glasses, which is being handled at the ongoing AFM by Wild Bunch.

Now, we’ve learned this morning that the film will be having this World Premiere at the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival, running from February 10-20.

ScreenDaily previously shared the first-ever image of Ilenia Pastorelli as a prostitute blinded by a serial killer in a botched attack who takes in a young Chinese boy, whose life has also been abruptly altered forever by the maniac’s actions. He will become her ally in a terrifying struggle to see off the serial killer forever.

Pastorelli is joined in the cast by big-screen debutant Andrea Zhang as the young boy as well as Asia Argento (Land of the Dead) in a supporting role.

Argento is a horror titan, bringing 50 years of horror including masterworks The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria, Tenebre, Phenomena, Inferno, and Opera.

“Set against the backdrop of Rome and its surrounding countryside, it brings together the contrasting worlds of a high-class prostitute working in the chic hotels around Rome’s Via Veneto and a young boy hailing from the city’s Chinese community,” wrote ScreenDaily.

“She’s an adult and blind, he’s too young to get by on his own. In addition, two different cultures: she is Italian, the child is Chinese. This combination is the engine of Dark Glasses,” explains Argento in a director’s note.

“The film represents my desire to explore two worlds: hers, we know it; his is more mysterious, and it will let us enter the neighbourhoods, houses and customs of the Chinese community in Rome, where they created a real ‘Chinatown’.”


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