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The Burnt Orange Heresy (2019)

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


Giuseppe Capotondi


Scott B. Smith, Charles Willeford (novel)
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Cast overview:
Claes Bang ... James Figueras
Elizabeth Debicki ... Berenice Hollis
Mick Jagger ... Joseph Cassidy
Donald Sutherland ... Jerome Debney
Rosalind Halstead ... Evelina Macri
Alessandro Fabrizi ... Rodolfo


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

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You Can't Paint Over the Truth


Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexual content/nudity, language, drug use and violence. | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Second film Claes Bang has starred in that is set in the art world, with the previous being The Square (2017). During the press tour for this movie, Bang often said that he thought this film could be the continued story of what happened to his character in The Square - at the end of that film he loses his job as a curator in a big museum, whereas in this one he has already lost his job and desperately wants it back. See more »


James Figueras: You're a thief, your work deserves to be shared with the whole world and you've fucking stolen it
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12 October 2019 | by haldunarmaganSee all my reviews

Compelling elements of Hitchcock-style cinema are interwoven with philosophical characteristics such as meaning of art and dark side of human soul in Giuseppe Capotondi's "The Burnt Orange Heresy" performed by an ensemble cast. This adaptation of Charles Willeford's 1971 novel carries the story to present and moves it from Florida to Lake Como, Italy. Under Capotondi's direction of the refreshed script everything works beautifully both in artistic and philosophical levels. The thin line between art world and underworld, questioning of art criticism, and "reading" of an art piece in terms of acquired notion and illusion are some of the intriguing points the movie provokes. James Figueras, an art critic willing to do literally anything to keep his fame and wealth (played by Danish actor Claes Bang) and American adventurer Berenice Hollis (Elizabeth Debicki) convey one of the most memorable performances and shine in the best screen chemistry I've seen in recent years. The other highlight is definitely Donald Sutherland as reclusive painter Jerome Debney who lives under care of an ambitious art collector Joseph Cassidy, a surprise cameo by Mick Jagger. The Burnt Orange Heresy offers a cinematic feast as perfectly crafted neo-noir thriller with immaculate acting. Two thumbs up, way up!

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Release Date:

6 March 2020 (USA) See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$16,163, 8 March 2020

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2.35 : 1
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