Black Mass by Scott Cooper, out of competition on the Lido
by Vittoria Scarpa
- The new film by the director of Crazy Heart and Out of the Furnace stars Johnny Depp and will be shown in its global premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on 4 September
Black Mass, the new film by American director Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart, which won two Oscars in 2010, and Out of the Furnace, which won the Camera d’or for Best First/Second Film at the 2013 Rome Film Festival) will have its global premiere, out of competition, at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival (2 – 12 September 2015).
The film stars Johnny Depp in the role of the famous gangster James “Whitey” Bulger. The star-studded cast includes Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, Dakota Johnson, Peter Sarsgaard and Kevin Bacon.
In 1970s Boston, FBI agent John Connolly (Edgerton) convinces Irish gangster Jimmy “Whitey” Bulger (Depp) to collaborate with the FBI to bring down their common enemy: the Italian mafia. The film tells the story of this unusual alliance, which soon deteriorates, allowing Whitey to evade the law, consolidate power and become one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in the history of Boston.
Black Mass, produced by Warner Bros. Pictures, will be screened on the Lido on Friday 4 September in the Sala Grande of the Palazzo del Cinema. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. all over the world starting from 18 September, and is due to be released in Italian theatres on 1 October 2015.
(Translated from Italian)