Massimo Paolucci is shooting action horror flick Medium
- Executive producer Massimo Paolucci is trying his hand at film direction with a genre movie led by ex-footballer and boxer Emilio Franchini, and actors Tony Sperandeo and Hal Yamanouchi
Massimo Paolucci, an executive producer with a lengthy career behind him – including Franco Nero’s Forever Blues and Dario Argento’s Dracula 3D, among other works – is making his directorial debut with Medium, an action horror film produced by Daniele Gramiccia (On air – Storia di un successo [+see also:
film profile]) in league with Giovanni Franchini’s Emy Productions.
What happens when a gang of robbers pulls off a job worth tens of thousands of euros, targeting a bar in the suburbs without imagining for a single second that the owner of said establishment is Cagliostro, a shady individual with links to the murky underworld? What happens is this: the latter doesn’t hesitate to track down this rabble of criminals, offering them an opportunity to work with him. The brief: to slip inside the Umbrian villa of elderly Chinese businessman Hung and steal a green jade pendant for their new friend. If successful, Cagliostro will allow them to keep the loot swiped from the bar. However, they realise, over the course of their mission, that the pendant is hung around the neck of Hung’s daughter Sofia, who is currently in a coma and is kept alive by way of a mysterious ritual. And this is only the beginning of a long night of blood and violence.
Written by Lorenzo De Luca (Enzo G. Castellari’s Jonathan degli orsi) and shot in Rome and its surrounds, Medium stars former footballer and boxer Emilio Franchini as its protagonist, who is also currently involved in Vincenzo Petrarolo’s upcoming film The Follower. Stepping into Cagliostro’s shoes, meanwhile, is Tony Sperandeo (Il delitto Mattarella, Mò Vi Mento - Lira di Achille [+see also:
film profile]), while old Hung, for his part, borrows the features of Hal Yamanouchi, a well-known face in the world of Italian genre film, and famous among international fans of all things Marvel for having played Yashida in The Wolverine. Rounding off the cast are Martina Marotta, Bruno Bilotta, Barbara Bacci, Francesco Maria Dominedò, Pierfrancesco Ceccanei, Martina Angelucci and Dafne Barbieri.
Medium will hit Italian cinemas and streaming platforms in June 2021, distributed by BIC Production.
(Translated from Italian)
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