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.