The Burnt Orange Heresy
Scott B. Smith
The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, The Burnt Orange Heresy.
Italy, 1970. Irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his deep ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of art collecting lawyer, Cassidy. Their host reveals she is the patron of Jerome Debney (Walken), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and she has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost.
As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realise that nothing about both the artist and their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder in order to further his career…