festival program / Opening Night Film

Burnt Orange Heresy, The


The late, great Miami writer Charles Willeford’s classic art world noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy has been updated by Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Capotondi and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Scott Smith into a biting satire of the world of contemporary high art and the attendant, controversial role of art criticism that swirls around it.

Hired by an unscrupulous dealer (Mick Jagger) to steal a rare painting from one of most enigmatic painters (Donald Sutherland) of all time, an ambitious art critic becomes consumed by his own greed and insecurity as the operation spins out of control.

The Burnt Orange Heresy is swanky, steamy and sexy, with Willeford’s jet-black, cruelly-ironic humor firmly intact. Featuring smart, sly, and delightful performances from Jagger, Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang (The Square), The Burnt Orange Heresy is as visually stunning as it is thrilling.

After the Opening Night Film, join us at the Opening Night Party! Details at miamifilmfestival.com/events/such-is-life-in-the-tropics-opening-night-extravaganza/.

A month-long Tribute to Charles Willeford can be seen in the mezzanine gallery at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami from February 7 to March 19, in celebration of The Burnt Orange Heresy opening night. The Tribute is FREE TO THE PUBLIC – no ticket is required to enjoy the mezzanine gallery at Tower Theater Miami.

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Olympia Theater

Director Bio

Giuseppe Capotondi is an Italian-born filmmaker known for his work on the T.V. series Berlin Station and Suburra: Blood on Rome and the feature film The Double Hour (09).

Cast & Credits

  • Director(s)
    Giuseppe Capotondi
  • Producer(s)
    William Horberg, David Zander, David Lancaster
  • Screenwriter(s)
    Scott Smith
  • Cinematographer(s)
    David Ungaro
  • Cast
    Claes Bang, Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, Mick Jagger

Film Info

  • Year
  • Category
  • Country
    United States, Italy
  • Run-Time
    98 min
  • Language