Magazine article Screen International

Rai Trade Taking Mercury Factor to AFM

Magazine article Screen International

Rai Trade Taking Mercury Factor to AFM

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Thriller inspired by China's 2008 milk scandal stars Luca Barbareschi and Zhang Jingchu.

Italy's Rai Trade will launch sales on Italian actor and director Luca Barbareschi's Hong Kong-set thriller The Mercury Factor (fka Something Good) at the American Film Market (AFM) next week.

The film, which will receive its market premiere, stars Barbareschi as unscrupulous, Hong Kong-based Italian businessman Matteo, who is involved in the trade of adulterated food goods. He has been forced to leave his native Italy due to shady dealings back home.

Chinese actress Zhang Jingchu, seen this summer in mainland China blockbuster Switch, plays a young woman whose only child died as a result of eating contaminated food. She unwittingly falls for Matteo, unaware of his criminal activities.

The storyline is loosely inspired by the Italian bestseller I Trust You - a joint work by journalist Francesco Abate and top crime writer Massimo Carlotto - as well as the 2008 China milk scandal in which baby formula was bulked up with melamine, poisoning some 300,000 children. …

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