Magazine article Screen International

Minerva Launches Naples-Set Crime Thriller 'Falchi'

Magazine article Screen International

Minerva Launches Naples-Set Crime Thriller 'Falchi'

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Italian outfit Minerva Pictures is launching sales on Toni D'Angelo's [pictured] Naples-set gangster melodrama Falchi, taking inspiration from the Southern Italian city's real-life special police unit known as the "falchi", or falcons, which is focused on fighting organised crime.

"It's a powerful gangster-crime melodrama which we're describing as Johnnie To meets Michael Mann. It mixes an auteur element with action," said Minerva Pictures chief Gianluca Curti who is producing the film alongside Gaetano Di Vaio of Bronx Film.

Fortunato Cerlino, best-known internationally for his role as mafia clan chief Pietro Savastano in Stefano Sollima's Gomorrah, and Michele Riondino, of The Young Montalbano fame, will play Peppe and Francesco, two flawed but dedicated officers who work closely in the falcon squad.

Other cast members include Claudio Amendola, seen most recently in Sollima's Suburra, who will play the Falcon unit's chief Marino and Stefania Sandrelli, who will play a Naples figure known as Lady Arianna. …

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