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by Rossella De Venuto


Megan, a successful Irish artist, lives in Dublin with her husband Leo, an Italian who emigrated there several years ago. After receiving the news of Leo’s uncle death – Monsignor Domenico, a powerful catholic priest whose death has prompted a campaign for his beatification – the couple travels to Apulia in southern Italy to handle Leo’s unexpected inheritance. Leo’s intention is to sell the ancient palace he has inherited to his brother Nicola, the town’s priest and return to Dublin. But arriving in Apulia, Megan is enchanted by the beauty of the area and the ancient family palace. She finds it inspiring. Meanwhile Leo reconnects with his old friends and rediscovers a world that he had almost forgotten. They decide to stay for the summer. Left alone at home, during the hottest hours of the day, Megan is disturbed by mysterious presences. While trying to understand what is happening to her she starts to find clues in the palace to an unsolved mystery in Leo’s family. What Megan discovers leads her to share her concerns with Father Von Galen from Bolzano’s diocese, a priest sent by the Vatican to investigate the claims for Domenico’s beatification process. As Megan attempts to reveal the true story of Monsignor Domenico’s past, she finds herself in a desperate struggle against forces that are willing to hide the truth at all costs.

international title: House of Shadows
original title: Controra - House of Shadows
country: Italy, Ireland
year: 2013
genre: fiction
directed by: Rossella De Venuto
film run: 85'
release date: IT 05/06/2014
screenplay: Rossella De Venuto, Francesco Piccolo
cast: Fiona Glascott, Pietro Ragusa, Federico Castelluccio, Marcello Prayer, Ray Lovelock, Salvatore Lazzaro, Bianca Nappi, Kelly Cambell
cinematography by: Ciarán Tanham
film editing: Cecilia Zanuso
art director: Sabrina Balestra
costumes designer: Antonella Cannarozzi
music: Lance Hogan
producer: Maurizio Antonini, Dominic Wright, Jacqueline Kerrin, Valentina Gardani
production: Interlinea, Ripple World Pictures Ltd, Barter
backing: Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo - Direzione Generale per il Cinema, Apulia Film Commission, BLS Südtirol - Alto Adige, Irish Film Board
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