REVIEW: THE DOUBLE HOUR
New York, New York – Nothing is what it seems in Giuseppe Capotondi’s Italian thriller, THE DOUBLE HOUR. Guido (Filippo Timi, Vincere), a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. But, much to his surprise, he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia (Ksenia Rappoport), a chambermaid at a high-end hotel. The two hit it off and a passionate romance develops. After they leave the city for a romantic getaway in the country, things suddenly take a dark turn. As Sonia’s murky past resurfaces, her reality starts to crumble. Everything in her life begins to change—questions arise and answers only arrive through a continuous twist and turn of events keeping viewers on edge until the film’s final moments..
At once a stark romance, a psychological thriller, and a story about possibilities, THE DOUBLE HOUR releases April 3 on DVD and digital platforms. The film had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, where Ksenia Rappoport won the best actress prize. Following a terrific reception there, the film went on to play the Toronto International Film Festival. THE DOUBLE HOUR has generated more than $1.5 million in U.S. box office. THE DOUBLE HOUR is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and rates 95% “certified fresh” with top film critics nationwide on Rotten Tomatoes. The Hollywood Reporter recently reported an American version of the film in the works to be written and directed by Joshua Marsten (Maria Full of Grace) and produced by Roy Lee (The Departed, The Ring) and Nicola Giuliano, the latter of whom was a producer of the Italian version. .
Says Capotondi about his first feature film, “This film is about forgiveness and the capacity for forgiving yourself, all in the shape of a mystery. I was influenced by Italian film noir, or giallo, of the 70’s and 80’s, like the work of Dario Argento and Mario Bava. But, it also incorporates influences from Japanese horror. I was very interested in putting that on film: keeping in mind the Italian tradition but also looking for other inspiration.”
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